Why are you running?
I have been active in local politics for over 30 years; elected to council in Mason 8 years and Springdale 12 years. I enjoy public service and trying to solve problems for residents. As an elected council member, I think I can continue my previous public service to help make Mason one of the best cities in the US.
What makes you the best candidate?
My experience has given me the ability to understand complicated issues faced by city governments such as public safety and finance.
What specific services are you willing to cut?
At this time, I see no current programs that need to be cut. We can explore ways to improve efficiency of program delivery and partnering with 3rd parties to meet budget demands.
What fees or taxes are you willing to raise in order to keep or expand government services?
Any increase in property or income taxes could only occur if approved by the voters. If Council were to propose a tax increase, the issue would be placed on the ballot and the voters would decide.
What services are you willing to share with other governments?
Over the years, Mason has offered to share a number of services such as road improvements with Deerfield Township. The most recent is the Summer street program. However, this year Deerfield Township did not want to participate. I have no problem sharing services but I do not want to subsidize another community at Mason taxpayers’ expense.
Mason has seen tremendous residential and commercial growth in the past decade. How do you weigh the need to increase the city’s tax base with community concerns about the potential effect of development on the quality of life for city residents?
The most effective way is through an aggressive planning commission review of projects.
Mason’s seasonal festivals have long drawn large crowds, but the city eliminated the Red, Rhythm and Boom and fall festivals in recent years, citing budget cuts, while the Heritage and Christmas festivals struggle with organization. What importance do you place on these events and would you work to include them in future budgets?
I do feel seasonal festivals bring a sense of community for many people. While the Heritage Day Parade was smaller this year, the daylong event at the new location was well received by many residents and children. Red, Rhythm and Boom is one event I would like to see brought back. I do see it being part of future discussions, but we will have to get closer to the year end and see if it would fit in the budget. The question is the price of bands to attract a large enough audience that would make vendors want to participate.
What are Mason’s three largest hurdles and how would you work to overcome those issues
1. Federal Government and future budget cuts. We know the federal government will balance their mistakes on the backs of cities, townships, and county governments. At this time the city does not include Federal or State money as part of anticipated money for budgeting.
2. Economic development is paramount for the city to thrive. Offering incentive packages is a good tactic to encourage companies to locate or expand in Mason. However, incentive packages make sense only if we can show a positive return on our investment in the incentives given to those companies.
3. Continued growth will mean more services. The city must attract businesses that provide higher rates of revenue to support the services required. More class “A” office space is one way to provide this needed revenue.