Yes, I am running for re-election for the 5th district alderman. By now you have all seen my opponent’s flyer on what I said I would like to do as an alderman, but have not been able to accomplish. I have decided to take the high road and provide you with some additional information.
Let me start off and first say I have not voted in favor of any tax increase over the last 3 years as your alderman. In 2007, 2008, I was the only one on the common council to oppose any tax increase. In 2009, I was joined by the 2nd district alderwoman in opposition of a tax increase and shifting the cost of the fire hydrant rental fee to your water bill. I honestly don’t understand how any elected official can propose and approve a tax or fee increase in these economic times.
My opponent is 100% correct when he said, I was unsuccessful at removing the WRS benefit for Alderpersons. I proposed eliminating this benefit, but received no support from any other member of the council. I was successful at eliminating alderperson‘s from participating in the City’s health care plan.
As far as the garbage fee and alderman’s salary increases for this current term. My opponent, your former alderman approved those tax increases and now I find myself in a position where I can’t get support from the other council members to reverse these increases.
As far as Iceport, I was in favor of removing the structure. The bid that was approved was the lowest eligible bid. There was one lower bid that had a lower cost, but that bid was disqualified because they did not include all the information that was required. I am open to any viable business on the Iceport site that offers the residents the biggest bang for their buck.
Communication? I have answered calls and emails on trees, snowplowing, neighbors not cutting their grass, street lights, etc. I don’t always have the answer the residents want to hear, but I provide them a sounding board and forward their issues on to department heads who can help with their issues.
Did I miss a few meeting, yes for a family wedding and a few others because I was out of town on company business. It’s unfortunate other council members weren’t absent when it came time to raise your taxes.
So what do I stand for?
I am a fiscally conservative individual that believes for our city to be successful and grow. My idea on attracting business is to demonstrate to the business community that we can control costs and still provide vital services. Providing services includes reaching across city borders and figuring out how we can share or consolidate services. We can’t continue to do things the way we have always done them and continue to pass any increases on to the taxpayers.
I believe the city’s #1 challenge is coming up with ways to control our salary and benefits packages offered to our public employees. We must find a way to balance costs between the city and the employee with a goal of aligning them with those of the private sector. The taxpayers can’t continue to pay for these by constantly having their taxes increased.
Second, I don’t believe the KRM, light rail system is going to make Cudahy the business capital of southeastern Wisconsin. If the Federal and State governments want to spend money on transportation, then fix our sewers and roads, right here in Cudahy.
Thank you everyone for your support. Don’t forget “Pavlic” on April 6th. If you would like to support me and would like a yard sign, please call me at 483-7116 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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