For Town Council, Please vote for Mike Turek and Liam Somers for a balanced approach to town government!
To all my fellow citizens of Scarborough,
I have a different take on this year’s 2015 election for the Scarborough Town Council. I believe that this election is actually our first vote for next year’s budget, and we must be vigilant and careful as to whom we elect as the steward of our money.
It is no secret that the way that the current Town Council is comprised, that they have abdicated its fiduciary responsibility and avoided taking the utmost care of our tax dollars. Since Tom Hall has become the Town Manager, the Town Council, along with his guidance, and their blessing, has enabled them to more than double Scarborough’s debt which now stands at close to $ 100-millon; and within the next year or two, the Town will be looking to add another $20-30 million dollars in debt as it seeks your approval for a new public safety building and an upgrade to the primary and middle schools.
We, the citizens of Scarborough, need responsible leadership and a conservative approach to fiscal responsibility, and there is only one candidate running for office who fits that bill…. MIKE TUREK.
Mike is the independent voice that this town needs. He has no ties to any town sponsored organization, and he is not predisposed to any particular group or special interest group. He is the voice that this town needs as a guardian of our financial future, and the man you can count on to try and utilize our tax dollars wisely.
I urge you to vote for MIKE TUREK for Scarborough Town Council.
Two questions keep coming up in ‘listening sessions’ I have with people in town: “What would you do as a Councilor to change the contentious way we handle the school budget every year?” And, “ What would you do to stabilize the real estate taxes in Scarborough?” The two questions are linked by a three-pronged, common solution.
- We should change our fiscal year to match the State of Maine fiscal year, or on to three months thereafter.
- We should go to a two year budget cycle like the State of Maine.
- We should limit our municipal and school budget increases to 3% per year.
Changing our fiscal year to match the State of Maine fiscal year, or three months thereafter takes the guess work out of our budget formation process. Every year I hear of our proposed budget in terms of what the State might provide in general purpose aid. That question goes away if we have our fiscal year after the State’s.
Going to a two year budget cycle has huge benefits. It cuts the annual fight over the school budget in half. It allows the Town Manager and School Superintendent to make longer range plans than one 12-month period. They can spend more time managing their respective areas, and less time creating and fighting for a budget.
Limiting our municipal and school budgets to 3% per year will stabilize our tax rate. It will give the Town Manager and School Superintendent a number with which they can work without attempting to guess what the citizens may be willing to accept each year. Limiting the budgets will in turn stabilize the mil rate near 3% increases. Limiting the budgets will allow us to pay down our $100 million debt while putting money into our fund balance for future ‘emergency’ needs like the new fire truck last year.
Thank you for considering me as a candidate for Town Council.
An open letter to all Scarborough voters.
I am Michael Turek; and I am running for a seat on the Scarborough Town Council. My vision is of a Scarborough that enjoys sustainable, affordable growth. My priorities are:
–A quality education system that meets State standards while preparing future generations of Scarborough residents.
–Grow business investment. More businesses would provide more tax money to the town and relieve some of the burden off home owners.
–Reasonable taxes. If we limit our budget increases to 3% or less, we can grow our town and schools without huge tax increases each year.
–Decrease the town and school debt so more money is spent on services and education and less on servicing the debt.
If you watched the candidate’s night on Channel 3 Wednesday, 30 September 2015, you would see the distinct difference between my views and the other candidates. They had a smooth, polished presentation, but no concrete ideas or suggestions. I, on the other hand, offered three solutions to the problems in Scarborough:
–Keep all budget increases to 3%. This allows the Town Manager and School Superintendent to plan long range and set priorities year to year. There were detractors to this plan among the candidates. They said it couldn’t be done. The Manager and Superintendent are highly intelligent men capable of making this work, if only the Town Council demands it.
–Decrease the town and school debt so more money could be spent on services and education and less on servicing the debt. Our town is presently nearly $100,000,000 in debt! We spend almost $3,000,000 a year to service that debt! What could we do with $3,000,000 every year? A lot.
–Change the way we make budgets. Go to a two year budget cycle like the State has. Immediately we would cut the annual bickering in half. The Town Manager and School Superintendent could make longer range plans and operate freely without having to prepare annual budgets. This would take a Town Charter change.
–Change our fiscal year to match the State’s. We presently prepare budgets without knowing how much General Purpose Aid (GPA) the State will give us in the State budget. We must do this because our fiscal year begins 3 months before the State’s. If we realign our fiscal year to 1, 2, or 3 months after the State’s, we would know how much GPA the State is giving us. This would take a Town Charter change.
I can promise 3 things.
–If elected, I will stick to my vision, my priorities and my suggested ideas.
–If Mr. Caiazzo and Mr. Rowan are elected, your property taxes are going to climb at an alarming rate over the next 3 years. Both want more money for the schools. Mr. Ciazzo actually presented a school budget last year that was a 12.6% increase over the previous years; and he called it reasonable!
–If these men are elected, the town debt will almost double in the next 3 years. Both want new schools and have grand ideas, but it will take a huge increase in debt.
I am asking for your help in getting elected to the Town Council. Most critically, I need your vote in November. Secondly, I need money. This campaign is getting very expensive; and has drained all my personal money. Any campaign contribution can be sent to Turek for Town Council at 11 Bayberry Lane, Scarborough. I sincerely appreciate it.
Dear Fellow Scarborough Residents,
I am Michael Turek (Mike), and I am running for a seat on the Scarborough Town Council. I am asking for and would greatly appreciate your support and your vote on Election Day this November.
I am running because it is important to me to give back to the community in which one lives. Although there are many great things in Scarborough, there are several areas where improvement is needed, specifically:
- I envision a prosperous town that enjoys sustainable, affordable growth.
- I believe we presently carry too much debt, almost $100 million.
- I believe we are presently driving out long-time residents and young homeowners, by attempting to raise taxes that are unsustainable and unaffordable.
Although I have no previous experience as a publically elected official, I want to bring fresh ideas and positive solutions to the Town of Scarborough by serving on the Town Council. Now is not the time for business as usual which has resulted in divisive issues that have defined and been ignored by our Town Council in the past several years.
I have been a frequent attendee at Town Council and Board of Education meetings over the past few years often questioning the level of school spending. However I am not anti-school as some erroneously may infer. A strong school system as we have in Scarborough is important to the community in a variety of ways, and I support a balanced and reasonable approach to spending.
All campaigns are expensive and run on money. Money is something I have very little of these days. Most people are in the same situation. Still, I am asking for a donation to my campaign.
My brief write-in campaign for the School Board last year was my first foray into public office. Despite being added as a write-in candidate only weeks before the election, I was able to garner 1,284 write-in votes. One lesson I learned was how expensive these runs can be. To demonstrate, I give the following examples of planned expenses. There always seem to be more that pop up during the campaign:
- Campaign signs for road side: $500+shipping
- Candidate photos for newspapers: $100
- Local newspaper advertisements: $150 each. With only six Fridays available for advertising until Election Day, that totals $1,050 alone!
- Bulk mailing postcards: $0.39 each card (pays for card and postage). This would come to over $1000 to send a card to every household.
- Palm cards to hand out as I meet and greet people: Unknown at this time.
- “Robo” calls, if I decide to use them: Unknown at this time.
As you can see, this totals $2,050! Our goal is to raise $3,500 by October 1st. Your donation of $25, $50 or $100 will help me raise the funds needed to successfully launch this campaign. I humbly ask for your support in helping us rise to this great challenge. I hereby pledge to donate any unused funds or funds raised over my goal of $3,500 to the Parent Teacher Associations in Scarborough, to be spent as they deem most useful to the students and teachers.
I would appreciate any help you may give. Please make checks out to “Turek for Town Council” and mail to 11 Bayberry Lane, Scarborough
it was very interesting to see Council Chair Holbrook trying to justify the council’s actions at the last meeting when they gave back $ 180,000.00.
these dollars will be coming from the municipal side of the budget by having the town’s department heads cut their previously approved budgets, and then appropriate another $ 200.000.00 that will be coming from excise taxes that have not been collected.
Chair Holbrook wished the town’s finance committee “good luck” in trying to find the money from somewhere.
the current net result of all this “fiddling” with our money by the council leaves us, the taxpayers, with the school board having been granted a 5% increase over last year’s budget, and this is without any consideration being given to the $884,000.00 that the school has already received by the state.
by their actions this year, the council has set the town up for a tremendous increase next year… for next year we, the taxpayers, are already facing a budget increase of 4% and that’s even before the school board chimes in regarding their needs…. so at this point, before any conversation, before any haggling, before this year’s budget is finalized, we are behind the 8-ball even before we get started on next year’s budget.
keep in mind, that all of this is without the town wanting to discuss anything about the 13-million dollars for new public safety complex, and 20/25-million dollars the school board is looking for in order to upgrade the middle school and the primary schools.
the town of scarborough is already carrying 100-million dollars in debt.
Vote NO on August 4th (or earlier if you are voting early)….send a message to this town that they need to budget properly for all their citizens, and that they have a fiduciary responsibility to do so.