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Town Council Candidate: John Scott

Patch asks the candidates for municipal office their thoughts on the most pressing issues in Groton.

Editor's note: Seventeen candidates are running for 9 seats on the Groton Town Council on Nov. 8. Below is a Q&A with one of the candidates.

Name:  John F. Scott

Age:  42

Education:  bachelor's degree, Franklin Pierce University; Certified Insurance Counselor, The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research

Work Experience:  Owner/President - Bailey Agencies Inc

Civic/Political Experience:  Member of Groton RTM; chairman of RTM Rules and Procedures Committee; member, Groton Town Council, 2005 to 2007; chairman of Council Rules and Appointments Committee; chairman of Groton Phase Two School Design Committee; Groton Zoning Commission, 5 years; City of Groton Beach and Parks Commission, 2 years; past chairman, Groton Republican Town Committee; vice president, Groton Rotary Club; past treasurer, Groton Rotary Club; vice president, Friends of Mitchell College; past member, Friends of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.

Family:  Partnered for 15 years with Rafael Burgos

Why are you running for this office?  In serving on the Groton RTM and previously on the Town Council it has been my goal to keep a watchful eye on the many different aspects of town government, which includes fair taxation, budgetary issues, safe and modern schools, employment, and other matters that affect both businesses and property owners alike.  As the owner of a business located in the heart of downtown Groton that employs 12 people, it is my belief that the Town of Groton is a wonderful and diverse place to live and work.  If elected I will continue to take a moderate approach to budget and government. It is my hope that Groton will continue to be a shining star in Southeastern Connecticut. 

What do you believe is the greatest challenge Groton faces today, and what would you do to meet this challenge?  One of the biggest challenges will be the town budget and the resulting property taxes that are collected based on that budget. With changes in Hartford and Washington impacting our income a burden will be placed upon the council to evaluate what is needed versus all of our income sources Our budget process does and excellent job of reviewing expenditures but additional weight needs to be place on where income will be coming from should the state and federal expenditures to the town dry up or be significantly reduced.

How would you rate the performance of the current board overall, and what, if anything, would you do differently?  The current council has done a decent job. There are two retirements this year of long serving councilors that depending on who gets elected in November could dramatically change the makeup and direction of the council. My hope is that the new council will be fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

John Scott October 27, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Ed, thank you for your comment. We disagreed on the phase in of property taxes as I beleived and was able to show in spreadsheets that were verified by the tax assesors office that the phase in punished some and rewarded others. I'm not convinced that the phase in really did do the right thing for the taxpayers. I do recall that this was a 5/4 vote of the council when it passed.With respect to the logo, it was never my intent to promote my business but I there were many occurences where I went straight from work to the council meeting without time to go home and change out of my work outfit or to even eat for that matter. I do my best to run a successful business that employes 12 people and supports the local economy. As a local business owner I feel that it is important to take time to be involved in the community through things like Rotary and politics. If people were offended by what I wore at the time and continue to wear today, my appologies. Your comment about my switch of political parties is unsubstantiated. After I lost my re-election bid I had a falling out with the leadership of the Republican party who was in control at that time. I was badly mistreated even after the donations of time and money that I had made and everything I had done to run their campaigns after Eric Janney left town, It was always my intent to stay involved in town government and regardless of partiy affiliation I would still have run for a seat on the RTM. Ed, I think we should talk.
C.J.Boa November 03, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Voted for Community Policing for Fort Hill Homes as a RTM Rep.
mystmom November 03, 2011 at 03:40 PM
At the time I thought it should have been approved. The Fort Hill Homes citizens wanted it and it worked. Yes, it was a drop in the bucket as far as the budget, but safety should be one of the top priorities for any municipality, for every neighborhood, especially if it helped reduce crime. We have town wide policing, the fact that the police department started the program in the first place, tells me they have a concern about this area of town.
C.J.Boa November 03, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Ok Ok I'll vote for you.
rugger23 November 03, 2011 at 07:39 PM
I must say on this cabndidate, everything John does is for what he believes is the betterment of the town. Therefore, if this is his agenda, I like it. He appears to be a very committed, passionate candiddte who has the experience to take on our challenges.

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