Meet The Watertown City Council Candidates, Part 2


Would the city council candidates let taxes go up? 

Challenger Jasmine Borreggine says if it's up to her, not likely.

"If it comes to an issue where we say, 'How are we going to pay for this? We're already paying quite a bit,' so we need to look at where we can cut before we raise taxes," said Borreggine.

Aside from the four challengers, there are two incumbents in the race. 

Councilwoman Teresa Macaluso, is one of them and says she has a record of keeping taxes low.

"the only way I would ever raise taxes is if I thought there was a compromise in the safety of this community," said Macaluso.

It's the same with the other incumbent, Jeff smith.

He says under his tenure taxes have gone down.

"so my record is to tighten your belt, be fiscally conservative and look to put off areas of spending that you don't need to do today," said Smith.

Most people would say Watertown housing still needs work.

Smith says it's a work in progress.

"So our role is making sure that we have strong and good enforcement and participating in programs where we can," said Smith.

Councilwoman Macaluso draws a line beyond enforcing city codes.

"But I don't think we should be knocking on anyone's door insisting they take care of anything because we don't think it looks the way it should," said Macaluso.

For Borreggine, the answer to less blight is lower taxes.

"And when we lower property taxes, it makes home ownership more affordable to more people. And when you own a property, you take better care of it," said Borreggine.

Again, there are six candidates for two city council seats.

Tuesday's primary trims the field to four.

See Part 1

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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