As owner of D.C. Electric/Heartland Lighting in Olde Towne for the past 20 years, I have seen our city flounder while other cities flourish.
We as a city have allowed this to happen.
During my campaign, I have consistently concentrated on three major issues. They are: economic development, public safety and Olde Towne. If elected to the council, I will follow through on not only those three issues but also other items of concern that occur as we continue to grow as a community.
As we move forward there will be many hard decisions we will have to make as a city. We need to have a plan in place as we transition from a volunteer fire department to a full-time paid department, and how we develop Olde Towne as the city offices are vacated over the next several years.
In addition to these challenges we have a great opportunity for positive growth and real property tax relief with the new Hwy. 34 bridge connection.
All that said, economic development is our common denominator. Not only do we need to control government spending, we need to bring smart development into Bellevue for us to succeed far into the future. Economic development will bring new business to Bellevue and help us retain our existing businesses. New development will broaden our property tax base and the increased sales tax will pay for our needed services.
Without sound economic development planning, our city will continue to be forced to raise taxes and lose valuable services we all depend on.
Over the years I have demonstrated my ability to be a leader. I lead by being informed and participating in our community.
I will not promise you what I can do, however, I promise you I will continue doing what I do now.