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Board of Selectmen: Steven M. Glovsky

Education:

  • Harvard College, B.A. 1976
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D. 1979
  • Boston University School of Management, M.B.A. 1979
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. Tax 1982

Work Experience:

  • Miller, Canfield: Detroit, MI 1979 – 1981
  • Choate, Hall: Boston, MA 1982 – 1984
  • Glovsky & Glovsky: Beverly, MA 1984 – 1987
  • Solo Practice: 1987 – 2005

    Lead Corporate Attorney for regional heating oil company, advertising agency, real estate brokerage, insurance agencies, software developers, mid-size restaurant chain, commercial bakery, commercial printer, condominium project developer, accounting firm and various building contractors.

    Individuals’ Attorney for tax planning and IRS/DOR representation, estate planning and administration, private foundation organization/operation and home purchase/new construction.

Town Boards/Committees:

  • Wayland Board of Assessors, 2017-present

Candidates Statement: 

I’m Steve Glovsky.  I’m running for Selectman.  Please, let it be MY TURN!

(1) Lower Taxes.  A few years back, some good people figured out that substantial excess funds were being accumulated from a budget our Selectmen insisted was absolutely lean.  The Selectmen argued that it was a necessary reserve against future demands, but they were caught in their paternalism and lack of transparency, and these good people engineered a Special Town Meeting, and we all got a nice tax break – for that one year.  But these good people weren’t able to change the financial perspective of our Town government and the rapid rise in our taxes has, as the Selectmen warned, turned that break into a mere deferral.

I’ve lived in Wayland since 2000 and seen a small group of people maintain near absolute control over our Town government.  (Mary Antes was a Selectman in 2000 and remains one today.)  My opponent, Tom Fay, is running to return to the board after a seven year absence simply “to continue the steady leadership we enjoy today”.  And of course, he would join the chorus on the Board of Selectmen with all unanimously agreeing on the inevitability of higher and higher taxes.

I dispute that inevitability as an attorney who earned his J.D., M.B.A. and LL.M. Tax before representing individual and business clients across the widest spectrum for over twenty years.  My background has given me a broader and deeper perspective than most.

This would be a far more harmonious community without the constant pressure of sharply rising taxes.  Our property taxes have risen in recent years at three or more times the rate of inflation, and our average tax bill is among the very highest in Massachusetts.  As a middle class community, any real estate broker will tell you the detrimental effect this has had on our property values where buyers have to qualify for mortgages and taxes reduce the amount they can finance.

It seems to me that at the core of our dependence on ever rising taxes is a fear of considering alternatives and at the center of this fear is our commitment to retaining a triple A bond rating.  We are among very few communities with this rating which we maintain because we rely more heavily on raising taxes than debt.   Apparently, most other communities have decided to borrow more as long as it lowers taxes; choosing lower taxes over lower absolute cost.  Wayland should follow this example and forego its triple A bond rating.

(2) Invigorating Downtown.  The health of downtown Wayland depends on finding new tenants for the old Whole Foods plaza and fully realizing the potential of the Town Center development.

  1. Whole Foods Plaza.  The old Whole Foods plaza is the commercial focal point of downtown Wayland.  Getting a Starbucks, Peets or other coffee establishment here is the obvious start to revitalizing this space, but apparently there are issues regarding adequate water and sewer connections.  Allocations of these resources or creation of additional to these premises is essential.
  2. Town Center/ Library/ Senior Center/ Town Building.  The Town Center development has struggled to take hold, largely due to its physical isolation.  Attracting additional traffic to its premises is a first step.  In the unfinished, daycare building now hiding behind a row of trees near the Route 20 entrance, Wayland has the perfect, affordable opportunity just waiting to meet multiple Town needs while drawing additional visitors to the site.

Today, our senior center is basically a hallway in Town Building.  Our seniors have long deserved a more substantial and functional location.  It is also clear that additional library space in town would be an advantage.  Wayland needs to resolve issues with the developer of Town Center to claim ownership to the daycare building and transform it as a new auxiliary library and senior center.

Adult interests could be served in this new library space, allowing more youth oriented purposes to be developed in the existing library, and this would have the added advantage of freeing up needed space in Town Building.

This opportunity is just waiting to be taken.

(3)  River’s Edge.  Perhaps the greatest acrimony in town these past years has resulted from the pressure M.G.L. c. 40B has created around meeting its 10% low income housing requirement.  Wayland has made significant investment in the River’s Edge project, intended to relieve 40B’s mandate, and must now embrace whatever steps are necessary to get this housing developed.

(4)  Town Manager and Representative Town Meeting.  Responding to long expressed concerns of multiple consultants, the Board of Selectmen is moving towards formally proposing centralization of town administration under a Town Manager.  The consultants argue the greater efficiency of such a restructuring in today’s technological and regulatory environment.  Perhaps what would be most lost to the Town is the broader oversight that is represented by our present, independent boards.  To this end, I propose that in conjunction with adopting a Town Manager format, Wayland convert from an open to a representative Town Meeting.  I suggest, perhaps, nine representatives be elected on a rotating basis from each of our four precincts and serve in addition to certain designated town officials.  This would allow a more controlled, legislative oversight of town functions than our present open meeting permits.

(5)  Capital Budget.   From my perspective, Wayland has become a victim of the wish list.  Expression of a desire seems sufficient to gain a project place on the Finance Committee’s list and once there it’s consideration rapidly transforms to expectation.  Wayland can and should make concrete, ten year financial projections and not place items on a wish list that do not fit within those projections.  There is no more room for “just so much more per household” to fund an additional project.

I’m Steve Glovsky.  I’m running for Selectman.  Please, let it be MY TURN!