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Scott still in Waddington supervisor race

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WADDINGTON — Despite losing Tuesday’s Republican primary to newcomer Sandy R. Wright, town Supervisor Mark Scott said he’s not quitting the race.

Mr. Scott, who trailed Mrs. Wright by almost 50 votes, said he will run as an Independent in November.

But Mrs. Wright, who is now running on the Democratic and Republican tickets, is also running on the Independent line.

“I’m not giving up,” Mr. Scott said. “It’s a bump in the road, but I’ve encountered lots of obstacles before, and I have overcome them. I am always up to a challenge, and I am looking forward to the discussion in the coming weeks.”

Over the next few weeks before the election, Mr. Scott said he hopes to increase his base by meeting with residents.

He also hopes Mrs. Wright will reconsider participating in a debate to discuss the issues.

“I’d like to know where Mrs. Wright stands on land development issues,” Mr. Scott said. “If she favors continuing the savings that we implemented through the health insurance changes and what does she intend to do any differently regarding the budget to keep it stable.”

Mr. Scott said he the town has exhausted the “low-hanging fruit” in regards to money-saving measures that would keep that would stabilize the tax levy.

The levy has been stable for the last three years.

Every dollar in tax revenue received by the town, equals $500 in assessed value, Mr. Scott said.

“We have about half a dozen new homes this year; we could more easily match that property tax revenue by leasing some property or generating some income for a renewable energy resource project,” Mr. Scott said.

Mr. Scott said the town can’t rely on new homes to bring in much-needed revenue in the future.

“In the past, we haven’t had the amount of new homes that we are seeing this year,” Mr. Scott said. “We’re going to have to look for sources of revenue other than property taxes, which is why we were looking at the concept of an RV park, leasing some property, renewable energy projects which could bring in revenue for the town. All of this helps offset the tax levy.”

Mrs. Wright did not return a phone call Wednesday to comment on her primary win.

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