Over the next few years, Belmont will face the greatest financial challenge in its history.
A nearly $300 million school project is underway. The Police Station and DPW renovations are out to bid. A new Library and a new hockey rink are top priorities. Many roads and sidewalks are still in terrible shape. Most critically, preserving the quality of our schools and town services is at risk because the funds from the 2015 override will be depleted within two years.
The stakes are nothing less than our overall quality of life.
In a financial crisis, we need financial leadership. As former Selectman Ralph Jones put it:
“The nature of the challenges facing the town calls for strong leadership, creative problem solving, and a full grasp of the intricacies of the town’s finances. Of the candidates, only Roy Epstein has the qualities these challenges require.”
Belmont needs a Selectman with demonstrated experience and competence that can be applied immediately to solve the actual problems before us.
I am that candidate.
I have a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale, I’m an Adjunct Professor of Finance at B.C., I’ve spent the last 30 years advising law firms on complex financial issues. I’ve been a member of the Warrant Committee (the town’s financial watchdog) since 2007, and currently, serve as its Chair. I’ve gained experience in all aspects of town government from working on many critical committees, including major building projects and Belmont Light. My work has saved tens of millions of dollars for the town. (For details, see my website, www.RoyForBelmont.com.)
Very soon, we will navigate a financial hurricane. I’m the only candidate in this election who has the demonstrated skills to manage this storm successfully as a member of the Board of Selectmen.
I entered this race with a deep sense of civic duty. I’ve knocked on hundreds of doors and listened carefully to your concerns. We must remain a united and respectful community. At this critical time, I offer my knowledge, experience, and commitment to you, to help us meet the challenges ahead together.
I ask for your vote on Tuesday, April 2.