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Nicholas Ficaro

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Party: Democrat

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Age: 37

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: Middletown

Current Job: Senior Architect

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Education: BARC, Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Why are you running for this office?
I have wanted to become more engaged with my community, with my background, Planning and Zoning seemed to be a great fit. As an architect I will bring a unique perspective to this position. Listening to my clients and planning spaces to meet their needs is what I do on a daily basis. As a member of the commission, I will use this experience to listen to the community and help shape a city that responds to its needs.
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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)?
The most pressing issue related to Planning and Zoning would be to make sure concerned residents are able to have their opinions heard. In talking with fellow residents, people have expressed their concern that their voice isn’t being heard . As a member of the P&Z I will work to make sure residents opinions on a proposed project are heard before a decision is rendered.
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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?
Through Planning and Zoning, we can help to make the City of Middleton an attractive place to draw in business creating revenue for the community.
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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?
This question does not apply to the position I am running for, but my opinion is that any new taxes would need to be carefully reviewed before they were enacted.
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Are you in favor of regionalizing more services in conjunction with other nearby communities? If so, which ones?
Regionalizing services is a great way to help communities share resources while removing or minimizing financial burdens.
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Should your school district get the same amount of education funding from the state if your district's enrollment is dropping?
Funding should be based on enrollment and need. Funding cannot be based solely on enrollment, it should also be related to the specific needs of the district.
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What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and two boys, camping, traveling to the beach, playing with our dog, and gardening.