Jackson Township Trustee (Franklin Co.) {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

In the township of Jackson, three candidates are seeking two open trustee positions.
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  • David E. Burris

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    Jim Rauck Semi-Retired Business Owner

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Earlier this year, a proposed state law that would exempt some township fire and emergency-medical districts from having property-tax revenue redirected as part of tax-increment-financing agreements was making its way through the state legislature. Several officials and township leaders expressed opposing opinions on the law, known as House Bill 69. Proponents of TIFs, such as many local city officials, said the bill would be a step closer to making TIFs ineffective, whereas agencies from which TIFs usually divert property taxes, such as township fire departments, have said the bill would restore fairness to a process over which they have no control. What are your thoughts on TIF agreements and their impact on township fire departments, which rely on real-property- tax revenue to operate?

The Grove City-Jackson Township area continues to grow, with many apartment, condominium and hotel developments planned. Although the Jackson Township Fire Department is considered to be well-equipped and highly rated, do you see potential issues with response times or staffing needs? How could they be addressed?

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Age 63
Education Graduate of Grove City High School and the Ohio State University with a BA in Education
Experience 40 years as a successful business owner in Jackson Township; Jackson Township Trustee from 2011 to Present; Served on Grove City Comprehensive Land Use Plan; Served on Grove City 2050 Steering Committee
Family 2 Sons and 2 beautiful granddaughters
Campaign email jrauck@me.com
It is very important that House Bill 69 is passed. This will allow the Township to have funds coming in to match the increase in services that we must provide when new development takes place. It would give us the same ability to operate just like the school district. The Township would not have to rely on negotiations with cities, villages and developers for increased funds to match our additional services which are necessary to keep up with the increased demand.
Jackson Township Fire Department is positioned to provide services well into the future. The addition of Station 204 on Buckeye Parkway allows the Township to be divided into four quadrants, each with a Fire Station. Within these four quadrants we are able to provide a reasonable and highly effective response time. With the continued growth in Jackson Township, Grove City and Urbancrest staffing always is a priority to maintain the proper balance between funds available and personnel. Currently I feel we are in a good position with our staffing to provide excellent service for our citizens. In the future it may be necessary to fill part-time positions with a full time staff.
During the last six years as a Jackson Township Trustee I have demonstrated the abilities necessary to match available revenues and provide excellent emergency services to our community. With over 40 years as a successful business owner it has taught me to always keep an eye on the bottom line. It is so important to see the current needs while having an eye on the future. I have worked on Grove City Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, The Jackson Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan and was invited to serve on the Grove City 2050 Steering Committee. These experiences give me a broad base of understanding the needs of our community in the present and into the future.
I pride myself on my honesty, integrity and always being available to our citizens. I always publish my personal cell phone and encourage individuals with concerns and/or questions to communicate directly with me. My cell phone number is 614-361-8989. I have been honored to serve our Citizens for the last six years as a Jackson Township Trustee and ask for your vote to serve the next four year term. It is my goal to keep Jackson Township a great place to live.
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