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2013 Candidate Questionnaire Responses!
 

September 22, 2013

Candidate Answers to LiL Questionnaire

by at 8:01 am.

screenshot of tableSo here it is folks. The pièce de résistance. Official Left in Lowell candidate questionnaire answers! They are on their own web page, which you can find here.

On a side note, I really REALLY like this format. Comparing lots of apples to lots of other apples, and a few places for candidates to show off their knowledge. This could be the format going forward. Also, lots and lots of props to my wonderful husband who whipped the submitted answers into a format that I could literally copy and paste into the page for the data table. Love you hon!!!

Thanks also to our amazing readers for a very large chunk of the questions. Crowd sourcing works!

I am considering reopening up for submissions after the preliminary, since my timeframe was crushed a bit leading up to next Tuesday’s election. The unfair part is that anyone submitting answers after publication is getting an advantage of seeing what everyone else said; but if I were to notate who passed answers in after the prelim, would you want to see more answers from more candidates? Honest question. I’m good either way.

11 Responses to “Candidate Answers to LiL Questionnaire”

  1. ArtisFun Says:

    I’d like to address his comment to Ms Doyle, Ms Hargis and Mr Samaras. Concerning your support for the business community while disagreeing that commercial taxes are not too high. I own a two family in Lowell which costs me approx $1.42 per sq ft in real estate taxes I also own a small business in Lowell which costs me $5.14 per sq ft in real estate taxes. I realize there are complex formulas for these numbers, I just wanted to simplify the amounts for discussion. At the commercial rate my two family which is assessed at just over 200,000.00 would cost me $10,750.00 a year in taxes. with this difference in taxes it does not make it easy to attract new business to buy property in Lowell. This is not a complaint as much as a clarification.

  2. Mr. Lynne Says:

    I’m liberal as liberal is, and I think the commercial rate is a problem. I look at what Lowell offers outside of that one issue: good highway access, proximity to other commercial centers (Boston, Manchester, Waltham, Etc.), easier prices than Boston, a surrounding community able to sustain a workforce’s living needs at reasonable prices with decent schools, a university population ready to develop interns and graduate a skilled labor force. I look at those things and wonder. Why is it that iRobot isn’t here? Why is it that large skilled labor firms don’t locate here? I realize it’s a down economy, but I think we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. We need to look at lowering the commercial rate and if that means increasing the residential rate, so be it. My 2 cents anyway.

  3. ArtisFun Says:

    If the rate is not the problem than the assessments may be. My store is assessed more than 3 times what I could possibly sell it for. This added to the tax rate does make it hard to stay afloat. If I had 300 employees I could probably get someone at City Hall to listen. Being a small outfit there seems to be no recourse. Just my 2 cents.

  4. Paul Sweeney (AKA Paul@01852) Says:

    Terrific work Lynne! I learned more from 20 minutes reading and thinking about the answers (and evasions) by these nine. It’s a real shame that the other 13 candidates ignored the opportunity. Providing answers and exposing themselves to our criticism elevates these 9 in my decision of who to vote for on Tuesday. By the same token those who did not respond have lost favor in my eyes.

    My focus in this election is #1 electing councilors who will continue to support professional city administration and #2 reduce the rancor that disrupts council meetings and disturbs me as a city resident who cares and one who is made extremely uncomfortable by this rancor.

    One question I would like to comment on is that of offering a contract to city employees. If we want a truly professional city administration we have to offer benefits to attract that type of individual. I believe we should not only present the city manager, auditor and city clerk with this benefit but also extend it to other key departmental heads, the Fire Chief and Police Superintendent for starters. We also should examine other departments for the suitability of providing contracts to those heads as well if it makes sense. Continuity and improvement should always be determining factors when evaluating city performance and a contracted department head should promote both ideals.

  5. Lynne Says:

    There were a couple of file snafus and scheduling conflicts for a couple candidates who tried hard to get questionnaires in, but were unable to do so, so please keep that in mind.

    I think I will open it back up after Tues. I’m curious as to the rest of the crew. Also as to who would submit answers still.

  6. Paul Sweeney (AKA Paul@01852) Says:

    Missing questionnaires won’t truly affect how I vote Tuesday but they might come November. Timeliness only counts slightly. It’s the courage to submit at all that will count.

  7. Mr. Lynne Says:

    I’m going over Misitano’s ‘about’ facebook page and it reads like fantasy.

    He’s going to encourage economic development by creating tax incentives, expanding beautification and open space initiatives, reduce fees for renovation developers, expand the festivals. He also wants a new high school and develop a career center, and add a full time person to Elder Affairs.

    So here’s the kicker - he’s going to do that while capping base tax rates. He says “No one likes to pay higher taxes!”, but apparently you can expand everything on air. To be fair, he’s going to let people ‘opt out’ of services and address fire and police issues with volunteers.

    https://www.facebook.com/RickMisitanoforLowellCityCouncil2013/info

  8. Mr. Lynne Says:

    Great that he’s thought about some stuff and want’s to hit the ground running, but the list of stuff he wants to do shows a complete denial that there are any hard choices.

    Also note that reducing fees for developers as an incentive is kind of misguided. If the market does or doesn’t support development, it’s not fees that are going to the deciding factor for anyone.

  9. marcus vinicius Says:

    does marty lorrey really think we believe him that his
    only income is pension—where does his wife work??????
    let scome clean!!!!

  10. Tim Little Says:

    Nicely done, Lynne; thanks!

  11. ResidentofLowell Says:

    This is nicely done. I like how we the voter can compare side by side all the fish in the sea.

    Did anyone notice there is a candidate that left a lot on question unanswered, why is that? Just curious

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