During a recent candidates forum sponsored by the Erie County Chamber of Commerce, candidates for Perkins Township Trustee voiced their opinions on questions asked by the voting public.
The candidates for the trustee seat currently held by Tom Pascoe are Jerry Baumgardner, Don Bass and Jeff Ferrell.
These are two of the questions answered during the forum:
Question: "The state of Ohio has continued to reduce or eliminate funds being returned to local governments. How and where would you prefer to reduce spending so as to live within a balanced budget?"
Ferrell: "We have to watch everything that we spend. The two levies on the ballot will be very important for the township. I think what we have to do is restore the trust. We have to set a budget and we have to live within it. We're also going to have to do some financial planning and we've got to do that now."
Baumgardner: "You have to have a balanced budget, you can't spend more than you bring in. The four years I was trustee we carried over $1 million dollars every year."
Bass: "It's simply equally shared sacrifices between departments."
Question: How do you feel about the concept of Sandusky Police and Perkins Police sharing facilities?
Bass: "It would be a lot more involved than having two separate departments with separate doors to the same building. The concept is good in certain ways."
Baumgardner: "It's all about duplications of services. It's about saving money, if they can prove that I would be for it but I think we should wait for the response from the committee."
Ferrell: "Right now our police department is in a building that's paid off. I don't see why we should spend a dime to move out of a paid-off facility right now, we just don't have the money to do with it."