Why are you running?
I wanted to contribute to a local government which embraces all residents and corporate citizens by providing great service for them to prosper, enhance and enjoy their lives. West Chester Township is a vibrant and exciting place to live and work.
What makes you the best candidate?
My past experience on the board is invaluable. I have served over 20 years active duty in the U.S. Army CID, a Masters degree in education from UC and worldwide civilian experience working for major companies in the private sector. This country has really been good to me. I want to give back to the community whatever I can.
What specific services are you willing to cut?
We are constantly in cost cutting mode. We always think of ways to cut cost without cutting services. We eliminated 25 positions in the last few years, and will continue to look at anyway we can cut, without hurting our residents and businesses.
What fees or taxes are you willing to raise in order to keep or expand government services?
I want to keep the community “lean and mean” with relatively low community taxes. I like little bureaucracy with limited regulations, and a more personal relationship between local government and the community. West Chester Township has acquired the highest bond rating (AAA) in ButlerCounty’s history – you can’t go any higher than that! Maintaining a lean government focus on financial responsibility is my proudest accomplishment.
What services are you willing to share with other governments?
We had outsourced many services. We shared our road services with the county Engineers, such as, road resurfacing, maintaining, salt, bridges, water retention, and so forth. It saves our Township a great deal of money. We always looking for ways to cut costs without cutting services.
West Chester has seen great 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?
West Chester does not have a city tax. We will continue to bring in quality businesses with quality jobs, such as, GE, P&G, AK Steel, Ikea, UC Hospitals, Bristol Myers and Squibb, and now the Bass Pro Shops. There are more in the pipeline. These jobs generate high tax receipts for the county and schools.
What are West Chester’s three largest hurdles and how would you work to overcome them?
West Chester is the 12th largest municipality in Ohio. Safety, security and road maintenance are my top priorities. It’s a balancing act to keep up with the tremendous growth. Our economy has continued to grow with local investment top over $3 billion. We want limited government, cut cost without cutting services. We outsourced and shared services with other entities. Since I came on board, the Township has been recognized three times in the Top 100 Best Places to live by CNN/Money Magazine. Unemployment rate in West Chester is only 3.3 %. Due to fiscal responsibility, transparency and integrity in all matters, including financial accounting and budgetary practices by the board of Trustees, West Chester was given the State Auditor’s Award with Distinction for the 3rd consecutive year.
West Chester is not Washington. Our Township remain strong and will remain that way as long as I am on the board. I like basic simple Township government. I will do what the people voted me to do.