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In Perry township, two incumbents are facing one challenger for two seats on the Perry Township board of trustees.Incumbents Andrew English and Jim Roper face challenger Jill Reardon on the Nov. 7 ballot.Read more:Perry Township trustees: Two incumbents face one challenger
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    Andrew English Landscape Architect

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    Jim Roper Attorney

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What would you consider the most important issue facing the township?

In what area is it most important for the township to collaborate with organizations and municipalities outside of its boundaries?

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Age 47
Education 1992 - BS in Landscape Contracting from Penn State University; 1996 - Masters in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State.
Experience I am currently finishing my 8th year (2nd Term) as Perry Township Trustee. During this time I have been the Liaison to the Township Road Department.
Family Wife - Jamie English Son - Sam English (Sophomore) Daughter - Abby English (Freshman)
Religion Christian
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I think our greatest challenge for our township is taxes. Unlike other Townships in Ohio, Perry Township does not have a growing tax base due to new business and residential development. In my 8 years of as Township Trustee I have acted as liaison to the road department. During that time we have been able to control our costs, and get to an operating model that will allow us to maintain our current road levies at their current tax rate for the foreseeable future. In 2015 we had a police levy that was approved by voters. Prior to this levy we were successful in extending our last Police levy for approximately 10 years. It is critically important that our police have the equipment to do their jobs. However, operational costs continue to increase in this department, therefore we need to make sure we are controlling our costs and making good financial decisions without sacrificing safety and service. My background of running a successful business can help the Township accomplish this.
A typical homeowner in Perry Township pays about 56% to Worthington Schools, 21% to the Township, 18% for County services and 5% to the library. As stated in the previous question Perry Twp. does not have a growing tax base due to new business and residential development. Therefore we find ourselves in a position of getting creative in how we operate, and still provide a high level of services. Unfortunately, these days we can't do it alone, and in my eight years we have collaborated with other entities to accomplish this. We currently collaborate with Sharon Twp, Franklin County, and the City of Columbus on road improvements and maintenance; Franklin County Sheriff's office for dispatching services; and Upper Arlington and Worthington for Fire and EMS. We also collaborate on smaller items like Mosquito spraying with Franklin County. We are always searching for new ways to collaborate with other entities to provide the residents of Perry a high level of return on the taxes they pay.
My priorities has always been increasing safety, saving taxpayer money, and protecting property values. It is my opinion that if we provide our residents with a safe community along with great services, and at the same time control our costs for providing those services, we can continue the strong real estate market that currently exists in Perry Township. Perry Township is still a very sought after community within Franklin County. I want to make sure we continue this trend. Since moving to Perry Township in 2004 I have always been active in the community. I served on the civic association for 5 years, before being elected to the Board of Trustees. I am currently involved on various groups and boards at Worthington Kilbourne High School. For the past 10 years I have operated a successful business, and I use this experience in managing the Township operations. Experience and leadership is the difference in this election. My pledge is to always to do what is best for the residents.
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Age 59
Education Mount Union College, BS (1981) Capital University Law School, JD (1986)
Experience I have been a Perry Township Trustee since 2002. I am the senior member and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Prior to being a Perry Trustee, I was a Board Member and President of The Worthington Hills Civic Association.
Family I have been married to my wife Kim for 30 years and we have two sons - Drew and Matt.
Religion Lutheran (Member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington)
Safety will always be my number one priority.

Many smaller townships are reducing their police force or are contracting with outside agencies for coverage. At Perry, my focus has always been to help make our already outstanding police department ever better.

When I first became a trustee, we were relying on part time officers to fully staff our police department. When former Chief Oppenheimer recommended adding more full time officers, we were able to accomplish that at no increased cost by saving money in other areas of the department. As the trustee liaison to the police department for the past eight years, I have also worked closely with our chief to help secure over $200,000 in grants for new police equipment at no cost to our taxpayers. I also voted to hire John Petrozzi as our new police chief in 2016 and he has done a terrific job.

Increasing safety while saving money is hard to do. But we are doing just that in Perry Township.

The short answer is shared services. In other words, working with other local governments to save money. Here are two great examples:

When I first became a Perry Trustee, I noticed that the Township was spending an enormous amount of money for radio dispatch services. We therefore decided to partner with the City of Worthington for radio dispatch. That shared services agreement resulted in an annual savings of over $200,000/year for Perry Township. Additionally, we recently renegotiated our radio dispatch service agreement with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for an even greater savings to the Township. The same great service at a reduced cost.

We also entered into a shared services agreement for mosquito spraying. Previously, Perry did its own spraying. However, increasing material and equipment costs became a concern. By partnering with Franklin County, we saved money and maintained the same great service that our residents expect. A true "win-win" for our taxpayers.
Experience and proven leadership is the difference in this election.

When I first became a trustee, Perry was relying on part-time officers to staff our police force. We were overspending for radio dispatch services. Not all township residents were included in our tax base. There was no such thing as trash recycling. And, we had very little ability to communicate with residents. I worked hard to change all of that.

We now have more full time police officers. We reduced costs through shared services for radio dispatch. We now include all residents in our tax base which resulted in a tax decrease to over 95% of residents. We improved communication by developing a township website, Facebook page, quarterly newsletter and a township-wide email system where residents can be quickly notified of important news. We also added curbside recycling to our weekly trash collection.

I pledge to continue to work hard to find new and improved ways to make Perry Township even better.
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