To the editor:
When it comes to government, I feel like a lot of times our elected officials are flying by the seat of their pants. Gimmicks are offered as long-term solutions, while tough problems are left unaddressed until they grow too big to ignore. Most frustrating is that we rarely see our elected leaders being proactive in responsibly reining in spending.
This is why I find Mayor Steve Zanni so refreshing.
Early in his term Mayor Zanni caught my attention when he proposed privatizing Methuen’s Information Technology Department. Citing poor department performance and a potential for savings, the mayor offered a plan that was both practical from a management perspective — and yet respectful for taxpayers.
Mayor Zanni has continued a strategy of looking for cost-savings wherever practical. From contracting with a private company to clean City Hall — saving taxpayers $100,000 a year — to negotiating an employee health insurance plan which saves residents $1 million a year, Mayor Zanni understands that responsible budgeting is not just about offering gimmicks.
I’ll admit that in 2011 I did not vote for Steve Zanni as our mayor. But after two years of offering solutions and producing results that count, I intend to vote to re-elect Mayor Zanni on Nov 5. I ask you to join me.