Master Of Business Administration
Master Of Arts, Public Administration
Bachelor Of Arts; Political Science Major
Former President of the Hampshire Community HOA.
Making Union Great!
In 1970, the population of the city of Union was 233! In 2000, the population jumped to 2,893. In 2010, the population increased to 5,329. Today, Union population has exceeded 6,000 residents…well on its way to 8,000 to 10,000 residents. Four years ago, I asked Union residents how confident were you that the city was prepared for this type of growth and how well was the city communicating with you as to what is going on? At that time, I said it was time for a change…I thought our new administration could do better! And for the past four years…we did!
I believe we are halfway there to accomplishing our administration’s objectives. Our focus for the next four years will be to first complete all the initiatives started in the first four years. As we are doing that, our administration will focus on converting that old Town Plan into a new Town that meets the needs of Union residents who live here now. For more information, see my website...solomon4union.com.
Our administration has accomplished a lot of achievements over the past four years. 1) The new Route 536/Mt. Zion Road is now underway. We hope for an early 2019 completion. 2) Our administration has stimulated a lot of business growth in Union, with the addition of the new Kroger Marketplace, new restaurants, bars and other small businesses expanding to historic Union…those now open and those planned to be open in the near future. 3) Our administration is focused on responsible growth while maintaining a small-town feel….where businesses are welcome and citizens can work, play and shop. Union is uniquely positioned to provide business locations that have 21st Century models. Our motto is… “We can manage growth or it can manage us. We choose to responsibly manage growth!” 4) Lastly, the most important achievement was to bring professional staffing to Union. A full-time City Administrator and Director of Communications/Operations now lead day-to-day business activities and operations.
The city works within our Budget to provide solid services to residents...I cannot think of any services now provided that need to be cut.
Over the past four years, this administration has not raised property taxes, and we now have no plans to raise them over the next four years. If we maintain slow-and-steady growth, there should not be any reason to raise property taxes. However, if we have to…it will be the last possible alternative.