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Greenville candidates take a stand on local issues

About 25 residents gathered at the library in Greenville on Tuesday to ask questions of School Board, Select Board and Treasurer candidates who appeared for a local candidates night.

(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

About 25 residents gathered at the library in Greenville on Tuesday to ask questions of School Board, Select Board and Treasurer candidates who appeared for a local candidates night. (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

GREENVILLE — Nearly 25 residents came out to ask questions of election hopefuls during a candidates’ night on Tuesday.

Tony Ste. Marie and Leon Proctor, who are vying for a Select Board seat, were among the five candidates who sat in a panel to answer the crowd’s questions.

The two were asked what they felt were the most important issues in town. Proctor replied that attracting more businesses to the center of town should be a priority, even if the town had to offer some tax incentives to generate interest.

Proctor also felt strongly that the town should be more aggressive in seeking back taxes from residents. The current Select Board has proposed funds to help cover the costs of taking on those properties and pursuing residents who have not paid taxes in three years or more.

“The town is beginning to move on that, but it should have been done a long time ago,” said Proctor. “Whether you own a $200,000 home or a $40,000 trailer you need to pay your taxes.”

Proctor and Ste. Marie both agreed that the renovation and reopening of High Street, closed in 2010 after a landslide, should be a priority for the town.

Ste. Marie also said the town should be more proactive in seeking restitution from Pilgrim Foods, a local manufacturer, for fees accumulated for multiple violations of discharge permits.

Candidates for Greenville’s School Board seat, Robert Turner and Richard Wallace, also attended.

The town’s current treasurer, Deanne Case, who is running unopposed, explained to the crowd that she had multiple qualifications for the position, including a degree from Franklin Pierce University in Business Administration.

Case said she has also worked in banking for 12 years and is now working as the bookkeeper for SanKen Real Estate in New Ipswich.

“I think everyone has something very important to bring to the town. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t,” said Case of herself and the other candidates. “And I hope everyone goes out and votes for someone.”

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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