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Christian Latino of 42 Berlin St, a longtime resident of Auburn announced his candidacy for seat for Selectman.
Latino, the father of two with two grandchildren, is a U.S. veteran having served in the Army as a Military Police Officer in the First Cavalry Division. He graduated from Burncoat High School and Central Texas College.
He has been an active member of the Auburn Community for many years supporting the community through his business, volunteering and representing Precinct 2 in Auburn as a Town Meeting Member.
“The town was making great strides with an efficient budget process, stabilizing taxes, paving roads and offering free full time kindergarten that was desperately needed. As I stand here today, I see years of progress quickly eroding. Fact is, the conversation has gone from running efficiently and saving the residents money, to supporting tax increases and eliminating additional funding to these newly implemented programs. I’m running because of my tax bill; I can’t afford any more increases. The chairman of the board who is up for re-election is publicly supporting bringing two major tax increases to the people of Auburn over the next 13 months. So I had a choice, pay more and more, or knock on your door, and ask for your vote. I support the projects, but I cannot support the irresponsible tax increase proposals made by my opponent to fund them. There are ways to achieve this common goal, while minimizing the effect to your tax bill. If these pending tax increases go through, the elderly will be deciding between food and medicine or taxes, the young family will have to move or face foreclosure,” Latino said.
In announcing his candidacy for Selectman, Latino is seeking to utilize the experience he has in building a successful business to reestablish financial efficiency for the people of Auburn.
“The town of Auburn can provide great services while being financially responsible, just like we must be responsible with our personal budgets at home. Like most taxpayers, I have nothing left to give.”
*Latino withdrew from the race on April 5, 2012.