ROCKPORT — James Annis is running against incumbent Denise Munger for a seat on the Rockport Select Board in June.
“I’ve always been interested in how our city spends our tax dollars,” Annis said. “I was a selectman in the past.”
Annis is retired, having worked for Verizon in the past. He attended Rockport High School and Maine Maritime Academy, and is a United States Navy veteran. He says he has served on several committees.
On the matter of the breakdown in communication between the cities of Camden and Rockport over sewer charges, he notes that he was on the select committee when the cities negotiated the 30-year agreement to send sewers to Camden for processing and rejection. He said he didn’t understand why the cities couldn’t communicate with each other and broker a deal.
“There is room for negotiation everywhere,” he said.
He argues the town of Camden can’t just shut down Rockport and said if it did, it could end up having to pay the consequences.
He said if the City of Rockport were to build a sewage treatment plant, it would be a 3-4 year project.
On the issue of the two cities cooperating to provide policing, he said if it works, great, leave it alone. “I’ve heard very few complaints about it.”
In general, it supports cities working together to reduce costs when delivering services.
Regarding the old RES property, he simply said that the municipality should not be in the real estate business.
He was in favor of leaving aside the issue of short-term rentals and did not see the need for more regulation.
When it comes to balancing economic development with quality of life, he argued that it shouldn’t be all one or the other and he sees the need for businesses to provide a tax base. “There has to be a middle ground,” he said.
Munger seeks another term in Rockport