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Where does Bownes stand on any issues? I'll vote for Beaudoin

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To The Daily Sun,

Richard Beaudoin is running for Laconia City Councilor in Ward 2 against former City Councilor David Bownes. Bownes voted in 1989-90 for a 9-11 percent increase in the Laconia city budget during a revaluation year in which most home owners saw their homes increase in value along with a large increase in their property taxes. The next election year saw most incumbents voted out of office because they didn't listen to the taxpayers and voters.
Bownes did not attend the Weirs Action Committee's debate on October 25, 2013 to make his views known. Though Beaudoin attend the debate, The Laconia Daily Sun did not report much about what Beaudoin had to say. The Citizen did report, "City Councilor Ward 2 candidate Richard Beaudoin suggested that they should find a buyer for the Colonial Theater, but does not think the city should own it in any way."

In an article in The Daily Sun on September 7, 2013 Beaudoin said that, "Although he supports the property tax cap, he question linking the increase in the amount to be raised by taxes to the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI may go up but pay checks do not." He also said that he is, "tired of the waste in city government". As an example, he pointed to the plan to landscape the plaza at the Main Street Bridge. We're not trying to turn Laconia into Greenwich Village, I want businesses on Main Street not flower pots."

Where does David Bownes stand on any issues facing the City of Laconia. Will he subject the rest of Laconia with a new tax called Pay-As-You-Throw?

Please Vote for Richard Beaudoin for Laconia Ward 2 City Councilor. He'll make a real change.

David Gammon