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Alan Needham

Running for Planning Commission

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Party: Democrat

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Age: 68

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: Simsbury

Current Job: Retired

Previous Job: Audiologist

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Education: MA

What is the most pressing local issue facing your community and how would you solve it (within the capacity of the office for which you are running)?
Expanding the tax base and preserving neighborhoods
With the state's ongoing budget crisis looming over the election, what are your plans for your community's budget? Is there anything you can do make your town less dependent on revenue from the state?
Not a direct responsibility of the Planning Commission except for the encouragement of thoughtful development
The legislature has been debating various ideas to allow towns to raise revenue locally through something other than property taxes. If you could ease your residents' property tax burden by adding another method of taxation, is there anything you might consider for your town?
possibly a restaurant tax depending on the details
Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Yes with many questions. I would look into Fire, Police and special education
Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
Yes because the expenses involved are only driven in part by enrollment. Mandates play a big part.
What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I take my position on Planning very seriously. I do not miss meetings and I do my homework
Why are you running for this office?
I am seeking re-lection to the Simsbury Planning Commission to encourage development that results in a true "Net" economic benefit including preserving the look and function of Simsbury