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TELL US: What's the Most Important Issue for You in 2013?

The New Year will bring plenty of challenges - old and new - to Watertown. Which on tops your list?

 

The fiscal cliff was avoided, and we survived the Mayan apocolypse but 2013 will surly have its share of challenges. What is the biggest issue in Watertown for you this year?

What will they be? Well, some that appear to be coming down the road include the town budget, development and potential renovation projects. 

The Budget: The town's finances will likely be a challenging one, as the economy has not bounced back as fast as state officials anticipated. Gov. Patrick already made a mid-year cut. Where will the limited dollars go, or if things get worse, where will they be cut from?

Development: Over the past couple years new housing complexes have been built, or approved around town - particularly on the Westside of town. The Waltham Street apartments have been approved, and now there are others going in front of the town's Planning and Zoning boards, including a 14-unit building on Pleasant Street. Is this the right kind of development for Watertown?

School Modernization Projects: School and town officials say it may be time to think about renovating the schools again. . Do the schools need upgrades?

Something Else?: Perhaps the issue of the year will be something that is sitting in the background. Can you think of any? 

Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

Steven Cavaretta January 08, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Migrating the Town Council from Fantasyland to reality. When taxes are being raised because of "growth" and an independent study has shown that the majority of our streets have "failed" the Council President says his priorities are recycling toters and the disposition of vacant library branch buildings. Meanwhile Pete Centola is lobbying for two new parks and an outdorr ice hockey rink. Pay for Victory Field first Pete, then we'll talk about the sprinkler park behind the Police Palace.
GOERGE JONES January 11, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I HAVE A QUESTION AS A TAXPAYER. WHY IS ALL THE TAX MONEY SPENT SO FOOLISHLY IN THIS TOWN? WE NEED DIFFERENT AND INTELLIGENT ELECTED OFICIALS. ALSO, WITH ALL THE CRIME ON THE INCREASE, HAVE THERE BEEN ANY NEW POLIC OR FIREFIGHTERS HIRED? THAT WOULD BE A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND OUR TAX DOLLARS,PROTECTING THE RESIDENTS WHO PAY THEIR SALARIES. THANK YOU

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