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Why I am running for the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen

Bob Joyce Candidate for Chelmsford Selectman
Bob Joyce Candidate for Chelmsford Selectman
My name is Robert (Bob) Joyce and I am running for the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen. I have lived in Chelmsford for nearly 40 years, where my wife Rosemary and I have happily raised our two children Nelson and Andrea.

I have a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University and I am currently employed at Sonus Networks in Westford.

I am running for Board of Selectmen because I love Chelmsford. This is a wonderful town that has provided my family with a great quality of life. As your Selectman I will work hard to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy the quality of life that Chelmsford can provide, including our town’s seniors who made Chelmsford what it is today.

Over the past few years Chelmsford has made substantial investments to improve our town. We have renovated The North Town Hall and Center Town Hall, both of which serve as great resources for our community. Two new turf fields and track allow residents of all ages to enjoy a safer sporting environment. A new center fire station headquarters and Department of Public Works building are investments that will provide improved services for many years to come.

As I talk with residents about my candidacy, the resounding message I have received is “tax relief”. Residents are weary of town spending and want to see a slower rate of growth of their property taxes. And they expect the Board of Selectmen to not only hear this message, but to be leaders and make “tax relief” a priority. I will bring business experience and 25+ years in local government to the Board of Selectman, and as your Selectman I will work hard to make “tax relief” both a priority and a reality.

My name is Bob Joyce and I pledge to bring accountable leadership, fiscal responsibility and transparency in town operations.  I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 1st for the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen.

Sincerely,

Bob Joyce
Candidate for Selectman

I encourage people who would like more information about my candidacy to visit my website, email me at bob_joyce@verizon.net or call me at (978)256-8267.


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Bob Joyce February 24, 2014 at 04:11 PM
I believe we can help reduce the rate of growth of property taxes by not continuing to incur debt. This includes reducing the capital plan down to 2.5M. The Town Manager has stated that our debt will soon decrease. It is important that we are very careful to not allow new debt to take its place. This will take leadership by the Board of Selectmen to set priorities for the town. Regarding OPEB: this is a liability that the Town must address and I have been watching the Finance Committee meetings. I like the idea of the formation of an OPEB Study Committee (to be comprised of BOS, FinCom, SC, and citizens) to fully analyze various ideas and strategies for addressing the liability and funding sources. Tom Gilroy, I liked your idea of each department assuming responsibility for their portion of the OPEB liability, but the entire amount may be overwhelming for each department to absorb. But it is a great idea that should be fully vetted. If each department was held responsible for the new hire's OPEB liability, there may be different discussions regarding the viability of that position. Also, the State must address OPEB as well and we need to hold them accountable for assisting the cities/towns. Public safety is important and the new fire truck was a necessity. We cannot put the safety of our residents in jeopardy. However we should have looked at the possibility of using money out of the stabilization fund. The stabilization fund was created for such purposes ("immediate public safety or health needs"). I don't claim to have all of the answers. But I am willing to ask tough questions and I want a lot of discussion about important matters concerning the town. Great ideas come from multiple sources and we have become a town that accepts the status quo. As your Selectman I will help change that. Those who know me know that I am not affraid to speak up both at Selectman meetings and Town Meetings. If anyone has additional questions or comments, please feel free to call me at 508-517-1195 (cell). Thank you, Bob Joyce
Chelmsford Man February 24, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Mr Joyce, Mr Cohen says that the debt will be reduced every year but we just find a way to add more. We just added more debt for the energy services contract and of course the fire station. The Manager sees no problem in piling up the debt to levels in the past. Check his presentations the last few years. The debt is always projected to go down but it never does and nobody ever seems to notice.

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