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Selectman Candidate Don Siriani Offers Working For Westford Five Point Plan

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WESTFORD - Don Siriani, President of the Westford Kiwanis and candidate for the Westford Board of Selectman, released a five point plan today which will increase civic participation and access to important public information. “Each element of my Working For Westford Plan is about connecting residents with relevant information and resources to empower them and town officials to make Westford a financially and civically robust community,” said Siriani. “These five tools cost little to nothing and they will produce measurable results for the people of Westford.”  


The Working For Westford Plan includes:

  1. Open Public Sessions - Residents will be welcomed to regularly scheduled Selectmen meetings with only one agenda item, listening to the public. Westford citizen volunteers add extraordinary value to our lives, however, a continued decline in civic involvement is noticeable. Transparency will remove barriers and restore faith as we treat taxpayers with  respect and in good-faith.
  2. The Budget Box - The Westford Budget Box will be a web-based interactive application which will allow taxpayers to enter their tax bill and see exactly how their money is distributed to each school and town department. Residents and budget writers will access and understand complex financial data displayed in tables, time-lines, and graphs. The Budget Box will empower citizens to be more involved in decision making and give them an opportunity to offer ideas on town revenues and expenses.

  3. Maximize awareness of the state-funded senior citizen Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. 65 year-olds and older represent less than 10% of our population, this is much smaller than state average and it underscores the financial instability that our seniors face. More than 15% of those seniors have less than $20,000 a year in income. Helping seniors stay in Westford bolsters our town finances and quality of life. Seniors need, and use, far fewer town resources than others. $300,000 is saved by Westford seniors each year under the Circuit Breaker law that I helped write, we can reach many more.

  4. Public-private partnerships that promote sustainable growth and development.  Westford should align with the Middlesex 3 Coalition and the The 495/MetroWest Partnership consistent with the implementation of our Master Plan for zoning, traffic, housing, economic development, and best practices for historic and natural resources.  

  5. Regional partnerships with area communities to; expand advocacy for state Local Aid equity, create inter-municipal agreements to drive down the costs of goods and services, and coordinate maximum pressure on Pan Am Railroad to secure accountability.


“I can think of no more appropriate time than Tax Week to offer taxpayers a clear plan for Westford’s future,”- Don Siriani.  


Don can be reached at www.ElectDonSiriani.com.


This, is what Westford can and should do- 

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Steven Sadowski April 23, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Just out of curiosity... But is there a rule that a teacher cannot comment publicly about contact details? Why are so many people afraid to use their real name on this board? If you're speaking the truth, respectfully.,. What are you afraid of?
Dan D. April 26, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Don, you've certainly been active, and I'm glad to see that you know that Terry and Joanne are doing great jobs. From your previous statements, it sounded like you didn't think they were and you would change that. Must have misunderstood you. I think you also misunderstood me. I'm not questioning your past activities and accomplishments, I'm trying to understand what you will support and do as selectman. Generalities like improving communication and openness and finding ways to make the world a better place are nice and all. But, what's your position on new taxes (overrides and increased fees?), do you think town spending should be higher,lower the same? How should joining other towns and economic coalitions be measured for effectiveness? Any specific plans or activities would you push for regarding post retirement liabilities the town is facing? Think of this as a job interview. Your past accomplishments are proof points and credibility boosters, but the real question to address is what will you do for prospective employer?
Nick Caraway April 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Wonder what Dons position on the town going into negotiations with the WFD claiming broke and was then found to have not disclosed $2 million in addition to the $3 million reserve, this monies was supposed to be disclosed and was only discovered because it had been "certified" Don what say you about these behaviors?
Dan D. April 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Steve, I don't know about a rule, but I've seen a teacher (close relative) get punished harshly for speaking out. Not in Westford, but I'm sure the same thing would happen here. It's never positioned as punishment for speaking out,but it happens regardless.
Steven Sadowski April 26, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Thanks Dan.

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