SEBASTIAN – The six Sebastian candidates seeking two seats on the city council dais told the 50-strong audience that they would work to improve the city’s economy and keep taxes low.
The candidates, who include two incumbents and four challengers, squared off in a forum sponsored by the Sebastian Property Owners Association.
They fielded questions ranging from what they don’t like about the city to where they would cut expenses to keep the budget balanced.
Other questions included their thoughts on the city’s potential return on investment of the working waterfront project on Indian River Drive (watch related video) and if they believe the Sebastian City Council should sit as the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Over the course of the nearly 90-minute long forum, candidates told the audience on multiple occasions they want the chance to help jumpstart the city’s economy, help bring new businesses to the area and not hike taxes.
David DeVirgilio said he’d like the City Council to better utilize its economic development coordinator – Airport Manager Joe Griffin – who serves as a liaison between incoming businesses and the city’s departments.
He also said that the city should also work to bring retirees to the city – a measure he has suggested in the past – explaining that they would be bringing their pensions with them, which is new money for the city.
The Sebastian Property Owners Association is the first of two candidate forums for the Sebastian City Council candidates. The next one will be Oct. 28, at Sebastian City Hall, sponsored by the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce. That forum will be held at 7 p.m.
Early voting has gotten underway. Before heading to the Historic Sebastian School, Main Library or the Supervisor of Elections Office to cast your ballot before Nov. 2, check out VeroNews.com’s Elections 2010 Section.