Baldwinsville A few residents believe that Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis should be replaced because we need change. The key question is: Exactly what kind of change do they want?
Supervisor Bullis and the town board lowered the town tax rate, reduced the town’s debt load, while maintaining an appropriate cash reserve. Would it have been better if they’d raised taxes, increased borrowing and established a reserve fund that is either dangerously low or excessively high? Is that the kind of change that the residents of Lysander want? I don’t think so.
I’ve also read that we need change because the town allegedly has been granting contracts without soliciting competitive bids. That’s patently false. The town has guidelines for bidding contracts, as required by state law. Professional service contracts, however, do not require competitive bids because it is impossible to define the scope of work specifically enough to generate a meaningful cost estimate; or the nature of the work is likely to change over time. Such contracts take into account staff qualifications, the depth of in-house services the firm offers, project experience and familiarity with the needs of the town of Lysander. Those who clamor for change on this issue clearly lack a working knowledge of municipal government. Again, this is not the kind of change we want.
As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The town of Lysander isn’t broken. Supervisor Bullis has worked hard for many years to help make Lysander one of the most livable, affordable towns in Onondaga County. Changing that is the last thing we need.
Edward T. Reed is a resident of Baldwinsville.