Name: Debra Dutches
Occupation: Accountant, volunteer
Political party: Republican
Running for: Board of Finance
Why are you running?
After almost 10 years on Board of Ed, Chairman for 4 and two years on Town Council and serving all those years as Liaison to the Board of Finance, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Finance. As both participant and observer in the budget process for more than 15 years, I look forward to being on the Board where my fiscal conservatism and understanding of budgeting in the public sector will meld with the other members on Board of Finance.
What are the three biggest issues facing Monroe?
Appropriate growth in our non-residential tax base. Addressing our infrastructure needs both in facilities and maintenance. Maintaining a balance between the financial ability and desirability of our taxpayers for meeting the needs of our growing senior population, continuing our excellent education system and providing for the safety and security of all our citizens.
What can the Board of Finance do to keep the town in the right direction?
Ask appropriate questions; do our homework within Monroe, including using our Plan of Conservation and Development, and the information provided in Capital Project reports; and look to other successful planning and appropriation management in other towns. We should also consider expert, citizen, and historical information; and provide well reasoned answers to address Monroe’s needs and our ability to pay to fulfill those needs. Provide clarity in budgeting, financing projects and the overall financial health of Monroe.
What skills and attributes make you a good fit for the Board of Finance?
Accounting background; my experience in Monroe has included Food Pantry Director, Interim Senior Center Director, Monroe Public Schools Parents’ Council President, Chairman/Member Board of Education; and Town Council Member.