Dennis Natoli has served in many capacities in Auburn. He has coached soccer and baseball, played piano in a band, actively participated as a town meeting member, served as the middle school basketball coach, and been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for 18 years, many as chairman. He admits his passions are music and sports.
Natoli moved to Auburn in 1980, and he works as a project manager for Bose Corporation. He’s been married to his wife, Deborah, for over 30 years, and together they have a 23-year-old son, Nick. Natoli is concerned that the sense of community is slipping away. One of his proudest moments was when he and other town volunteers built the original “Rocketland.” He said, “That’s the character of why we live here.”
AMD: What do you feel qualifies you to be an Auburn Selectman?
Natoli: I have been an active member of the community for many years, raising a family here and investing in business in town. I have 18 years experience dealing with the many complicated issues facing the town as a member and chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. I have been a Town meeting member for Precinct 1, represented the ZBA on the Master Plan Committee and on the Development Coordinating Group.
AMD: What would you improve in local government?
Natoli: As a Selectman I would improve access to local government for the citizens of Auburn, and make sure the administration stays focused on what counts, the people. I would work to bring progress to town in a responsible way, making sure when changes are made they are beneficial to the town not for just change sake.
AMD: What to you feel are the top two issues facing the Board of Selectmen?
Natoli: I feel the top issue facing the town is TAXES. The accumulative effect of year after year tax increases has overburdened our community. We need to find creative ways to save money not spend it. Having limited vision and unlimited spending will continue to burden both the public and private sections of the town, and especially our senior citizens who are on a fixed income.
A second issue facing the town is balancing the needs of business in town and the residents, keeping the small town character of the town while dealing with growing commercial influence and it’s effect on the residents.
AMD: What will you personally bring to the Board?
Natoli: I will bring Fairness, Common Sense and Civility to the board. I have seen the way this current board works and it is in my opinion dysfunctional and does not work together. I will bring my skills of leadership, negotiations and compromise to the board.
AMD: Do you have any suggestions to keep Auburn on its strong financial track?
Natoli: To keep Auburn on a strong financial track we have to find ways to cut our spending, like any budget there is always room for savings, we need to work harder to find them.