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Budget issues main focus of Delmont race

Patrick Varine
| Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, 7:24 p.m.

Two of the four candidates for Delmont Borough Council cited the ongoing budget process as the main issue they want to tackle.

“With a small budget compared to other communities, we need to keep our spending in check to keep taxes from increasing,” said incumbent Republican Ann Lantz. “Also, our roads and buildings are in need of repairs. But with a small budget, items have to be prioritized.

Fellow Republican incumbent Rebecca Matesevac agreed.

“My main focus is to keep spending in check and keep taxes low by doing what's best for the community and borough,” she said. In addition to council, Matesevac serves on the borough's finance and personnel/insurance committees.

“These are important because they affect our employees and ultimately, the taxpayers,” she said.

Incumbent Democrat Randy Cupps and Republican candidate David Piper did not respond to multiple requests for interviews.

Matesevac said she thinks the current council has done a responsible job managing the borough's annual budget, which generally runs a little more than $1 million.

“We work very hard to develop a fiscally conservative spending plan for the borough,” she said.

Both Lantz and Matesevac said they hope voters have seen their work on council and their desire to help the community.

“I hope voters can see I'm trying to make the best decisions possible in order for our community to grow and prosper,” Lantz said.

The general election is Nov. 3.

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2365 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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