Framingham City Councilor at-Large George King has announced that he will seek re-election. He serves in the critical role of Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee, while also serving on the Council’s Rules Committee and Planning and Zoning Committee.
“I am proud of the work done on the Finance Committee. The Committee has overseen the development of two annual budgets. We have reduced the City’s spending by almost $7,000,000, saving the average taxpayer over $200 a year” said King, who was previously both Framingham’s Town Manager (1999-2005) and Town Clerk (1993-1999). “Our residents rightfully demand quality public services, and we have the responsibility to deliver those services as efficiently as possible to assure Framingham remains affordable for all.”
King is particularly concerned with the growth of water and sewer rates. “We have done an admirable job rebuilding our system, but at an economic cost. I have requested the administration propose a plan adopting clear and predictable capital expenditures that not only address necessary work, but limits rates to a predictable and affordable level.”
King cites his first term accomplishments to include:
· The approval of two annual budgets minimizing the tax increase for residents.
· Working collaboratively with residents to achieve a compromise solution for the Nobscot redevelopment.
· Advocating for additional visitor parking and the adoption of reasonable parking regulations in downtown Framingham.
· Providing Support for the Fuller Middle School reconstruction, while working to assure it was accomplished as economically as possible.
· Bringing the issue of the opioid crisis to the Council, resulting in a resolution of support, that eventually turned into a fast-growing local non-profit, Framingham Force, dedicated to bringing the community together to deal with the issue. He currently serves as Force’s treasurer.
· Successfully lobbying to extend customer service hours on Friday afternoons at City Hall.
If re-elected King intends to focus on these issues among others:
· Advocating for a thorough review of the funded, yet unfilled vacancies at the police department, challenging our public safety service delivery.
· Eliminating paying for salaries through our capital budget appropriations in the water and sewer departments.
· Restructuring city government to consolidate areas of administrative duplication.
· As an educator to continually advocate for quality public education, simultaneously holding the school administration accountable for efficient administration of the department.
George King has demonstrated an ability to offer insightful and respectful inquiries into the operations of city government. He will continue to use his experience as a municipal and school administrator to make independent decisions and offer innovative solutions to fight to keep Framingham affordable.
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