LETTER: Ottaviani Wants To Keep Framingham Affordable For Families

FRAMINGHAM Framingham is in the midst of an exciting transition as we will soon have our first opportunity to elect a Mayor and City Council.

As a candidate for the District 6 (Precincts 10 and 11) City Council seat, I have knocked on hundreds of doors and spoken with countless residents, many of whom name rising costs of living in Framingham as a chief concern.

For those I have yet to meet, I want to offer my firm assurance that as your District 6 Council Representative, I am committed to keeping living in Framingham affordable for our hardworking and retired families.

I will continue to work with the city government on our budget as your City Councilor. I support responsible spending and keeping the tax rate steady. We must look for wasteful spending, see where we can save, and use this money to improve schools and other services that enhance quality of life in Framingham.

I will also ensure accountability in all decisions that impact residents’ wallets.

In the past 10 years, our water and sewer rates have increased by over 100 percent.

Controlling costs while ensuring high standards of municipal service delivery is key to ensuring Framingham is positioned as a desirable place to live for years to come.

I also believe well managed and properly situated development can be very good for our economy and help keep the burden on individual taxpayers low. It is essential that we promote business and work to revitalize downtown, but we must also approach development on a case-by-case basis to prevent taking commercial properties off the tax rolls and converting it to residential. I will work with the Council and Mayor to achieve this balance while protecting the integrity of our neighborhoods.

I have the skills and experience to get this done because I am devoted to negotiation in all aspects of my life. In terms of government experience, I’ve served as a Town Meeting member for 25 years and a Zoning Board of Appeals member for 18 years. Professionally, as a local realtor, I manage transactions between various parties to achieve the best outcome for all every day. I possess the leadership skills needed to make a deal, and I can work with anyone to get the job done.

We have a great community.

I have lived and worked in Framingham my whole life, and years ago, my wife Valerie and I made the decision to raise our daughter here.

I learned the value of a dollar bussing tables at age 14 to earn a paycheck in my Framingham family restaurant, Union House, and worked my way up to eventually own and operate it. I understand how important taxes and affordability are to attract and retain residents, and I am dedicated to ensuring Framingham remains a place that families can continue to proudly call home.

I hope to earn your vote in the Preliminary Election on September 26.

Phil Ottaviani

District 6 City Council candidate

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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