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    Scott Beseler

  • Bill Burns

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  • Christina Kelly

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Age 41
City/town Dayton
Education/Degrees B.A. Journalism Indiana University, Bloomington
Community Involvement Dayton KY, Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Dayton Kentucky Community Garden River City Music Fest Volunteer VFW Post 2899 Bingo regular Owner of The Lodge KY former Henry Barnes 607 Renovator of Jimmy Ray Hyde/Hammer property on Ervin Terrace
Campaign Message A vote for Scott Beseler is a vote for a better Dayton.
I am running to improve the quality of life for my neighbors in Dayton, KY. I believe that the current administration is preparing to spend too much money on the new city building project that would end up bankrupting the city. This will result in a cut in public services and make us ill prepared to pay our pensions. I do believe that a new city building is needed and I will motion to work with a city planner to help look at other viable options to use existing buildings. I value the city workers, fire department and police immensely and hope to work to provide them with the very best of working conditions. I also believe that more money needs to be allocated to improving the life of the children. A current city council member has made known at the last two council meetings, $65,000 per year is being used from our park fund to mow the flood wall. The flood wall is not in our park system, and this money needs to be put back into a more promising future for our children.
I wave my Dayton, Kentucky flag proudly. I moved to this city almost 8 years ago, and I have been part of the resurgence of small businesses on our main street. As a small business owner and resident of Dayton, I find myself in a position to know the needs and wants of people moving to our city, and for those that have lived here their entire life. I am a very creative person that has a vision for our city and it is one that will include everyone and help those that are in need. We are too small of a city not to know what the problems are and how to solve them.
I believe working towards a new TIF agreement with the Manhattan Harbor project developer is needed so that the city center green space can remain a place for the community to gather. We only have 2 million dollars set aside from the deferred taxes of the project and this will not be enough to build a new facility for our police and city employees. If the city spends more that this amount it will put us in a position to cut our public services and we have no room that. We have major expenses ahead of us, including the Grant Park road/drainage issues, pensions, fire and police radio replacements, and new Route 8 responsibilities.
I believe there needs to be more pressure put on the slumlords of Dayton. There are many properties in the city that are managed so poorly that it has harmful affects on the inhabitants, as well as the property values of neighboring homes. Improving blight will increase the tax base and lead to a decrease in taxes. I also see an opportunity to apply for grants that are associated with community building projects. The more citizens participate, the more people will value their community. There is too much pressure being put on the good people of Dayton that may have trouble keeping up with their yard work. Fining these people will not help them clean up their properties any faster. We need to reach out to them and see what we can do for them.
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