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Board of Selectman Candidate Steve Glovsky

 Education:
  • Harvard, A.B;
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D;
  • Boston University School of Management, M.B.A.;
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. Tax
Past Town Experience:
  • Member: Wayland Board of Assessors
Candidate Statement:
  
Please choose Glovsky for Selectman!
My family moved to Wayland eighteen years ago because we liked our house.  We still like our house.  We don’t want to leave it because of runaway tax increases and falling property values.
Our house is pretty much average in size, features and assessed value for Wayland; we have a two-car garage.  It’s a bit unusual for New England as it’s a flat roofed, contemporary with a small, but unique central atrium featuring an assortment of tropical plants.  Over the years, we’ve paved the driveway and changed the landscaping; added a few windows where they should’ve been and upgraded a Mexican tile bathroom that should never have been.  And there are a few other improvements that I still look forward to making.  On the way, I’ve picked up some fair skills as a carpenter, plasterer and painter, and as long as I can still get the snow blower out and clear the driveway after a winter storm, I don’t want to move, and at 63 that shouldn’t have to be a concern for years to come.
But I’m a fiscally conservative individual by nature and living in Wayland today makes staying a concern!  As a lawyer with separate, additional Master’s degrees in Business and Tax, I’m a trained and experienced planner.  I’m also a husband of over thirty-five years and a father of a Wayland High School graduate now making his way in the world.
Retired from the practice of law, I have the flexibility to offer Wayland the benefit of all of my skills and experiences, not that I don’t have plenty otherwise that I’m working to accomplish in addition to serving on the Wayland Board of Assessors.  This year, I’m running for the office of Selectman because I cannot vote for the incumbents.  It is not enough to be “well meaning”, “good intentioned”, “long involved” or even “dedicated” and “committed” if that only leads to the highest local tax rate in Massachusetts.  Anyone can spend money; I believe it takes training and experience to spend it intelligently.  Our incumbent Selectmen assume every budget – even in the midst of a worldwide recession – should rise and at a rate greater than that of inflation.  And this year they present us with an historically large demand for capital expenditures, yet are silent on our ability as a town to afford them even in the face of independently threatened, economic sanctions should we pretend to do so.
Since moving to Wayland, my tax bill has more than tripled while my property value remains virtually unchanged.  Because of our taxes, Wayland is avoided by prospective purchasers looking for long term value, appealing primarily to families with an eye to educating their children in our quality school system and then moving on.  Yet how will these parents afford to send their children to college or our seniors retire in comfort if their homes are no longer an asset?
We, citizens of Wayland, have invested generously and expansively in our community and children over the past two decades.  To be clear, we cannot presently afford or justify spending money on a new library, new fields, new senior/community center, or new office building improvements.  We can only afford to maintain our existing facilities and make such repairs as conditions necessitate.  Our greatest expense is that on town employees.  In all departments in Wayland, we have allowed staff size to grow due to a lax management style favoring additional hiring over productivity.  Wayland can and should reduce its staff size perhaps by as much as 25%.  For the future of both our community and children, we must have a pause in our spending growth and stabilize our tax rate.
My candidacy for Selectman is an offer of choice.  A choice not only of experience and perspective, but a choice of a candidate willing to speak out and speak up.
Please choose Glovsky for Selectman!