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Taylor Mill City Commission

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Campaign Phone (859) 581-0034
Age 65
City/town Taylor Mill
Education/Degrees NKU, Majored in Business Administration
Community Involvement "Taylored With Time" Seniors Group, Taylor Mill Recreation, St. Anthony Festival Committee, Taylor Mill Swim Club Board Member, Northern Kentucky Area Development's Revolving Loan Committee, plus coaching several youth sports teams over the years, as well as numerous other committees and Boards throughout my career. I am honored to be a Kentucky Colonel.
Endorsements I have never asked for personal endorsements, however I feel fortunate to have many residents and friends who have given me their support.
Campaign Message Taylor Mill is such a great City, however we have seen turmoil in the City throughout this present term. Hopefully we will be able to turn this around and make Taylor Mill a wonderful and sleepy bedroom community again....
I've lived in Taylor Mill for 64 years, I was born and raised her and want to see our City remain to be the great City it has been since its inception in 1957. I would like to see controlled growth in The Districts while improving our infrastructure. When I was Mayor we bought the land for Pride Park and I would like to see updated improvements there. Keeping our City safe with the small town feel while making it affordable to raise a family is important to me.
I have the most experience of any other candidate and have a lot of institutional knowledge. Previously I served as Mayor for 21 years, after that I served as Kenton County Deputy Judge/Executive. The Boards I've served on over the years have been numerous and I am well connected with our State Legislators.
Taylor Mill is 100% debt free and our Departments come in under budget every year....There is no need to cut services, if anything we should look at improving our services.
We haven't raised taxes or fees in the past 2 years that I've been on the City Commission. If our City Administrator feels there is a need to improve our services with additional manpower in the future then we may need to take a closer look at the situation. If we take a closer look at accepting the compensating rate in the future it would be to keep up with the cost of living just like any other business does.
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Campaign Phone (859) 803-6236
Age 52
City/town Taylor Mill
Education/Degrees BS Mechanical Engineering
Community Involvement Taylor Mill Parks and Recreation Volunteer Stone Mill Condo Leadership Board Stone Mill Condo Recreation Committee Crossroads Church Community Outreach
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Campaign Message Government of, by, and for the people!
Taylor Mill folks voted for change last election and our City is on the verge of reaping the benefits of those changes. We have fixed zoning in our Downtown region to entice new business and I'm happy to say that 3 new businesses are getting ready to make Taylor Mill their home, Biggby Coffee, United Dairy Farmers, and a new medical facility. We fixed zoning to allow our existing businesses to update. Finally, Knuk-N-Futz can have their patio, The Farm Apartments are expanding and adding a new Clubhouse and McDonald's modernized their drive-thru. We have brought new and fresh talent to our City Building with the addition of some outstanding staff, including a new CAO, who is a Taylor Mill resident, himself. We're fixing our neglected streets. We have not raised taxes and our citizens are, finally, being heard. A lot has happened, but there's still much work to do. I hope to be a part of it as we continue to grow and prosper while maintaining our small town charm.
I am an active Commissioner. I educate myself on the issues at hand and I'm a problem solver. I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and I take my job as a steward of the taxpayer's money very seriously. I believe the City must live within its means and not overburden the taxpayers. Being a mechanical engineer, I am very happy and "right at home" with my assignment of being the maintenance liaison. I have an excellent rapport with the maintenance crew and I have the utmost in respect for what those 4 guys do to keep our City on track. I take our citizens' safety seriously, as evidenced by my support of putting resource officers in our schools and my recent stand, along with the residents of Taylor Creek, to prevent The Farm from gaining additional access to Pride Parkway that would have made the intersection of Pride Parkway and Taylor Creek Drive, much more dangerous. Taylor Mill matters to me, and I hope to continue to serve.
With some belt-tightening, my hope is to avoid cutting any services. If our department heads would "sharpen their pencils" a bit and cut just 10%, the pain would barely be felt by any one department. The City should also stagger the purchase of "big ticket" items (new vehicles), to spread the investment out. I believe we should use our own resources for repairing our streets and not "farm out" minor street repairs and slab replacement. I do believe we need to cut niceties like tax payer funded parties for the chosen few, much like the $25,000 in taxpayer funds proposed to fund a dinner party for Taylor Mill's 60th Anniversary celebration for 300 attendees (that was nixed when I asked what 300 people, out of the 6000+, in Taylor Mill, would be invited to the party). The party was moved to Pride Park, as a community event, where all were welcome. Let's just work smarter, work leaner, and work to benefit ALL of Taylor Mill.
NONE! Taylor Mill citizens are taxed enough! We need to grow our revenue by growing our business district. Some say I want Taylor Mill to become like Dixie Highway. Nothing could be further from the truth. I do want to see business growth, but it can be done without destroying the small-town feel that Taylor Mill is known for. Do you realize that Taylor Mill created the Districts of Taylor Mill more than 10 years ago, and we've had only one new commercial building erected since? I have been actively working for the past 2 years on unwinding encumbered State highway deeds, cutting bureaucratic red tape, and talking to businesses such as UDF, Dunkin' Donuts, Great Clips, Walgreens, Moe's, etc. I am actively trying to attract new business, and grow the businesses we currently have. I recently began a Spotlight on Business program to advertise the services Taylor Mill has to offer. The key is to build revenues, not raise taxes.
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