John hopes to make a difference for all of us in Upper Arlington who depend upon the city to create and preserve an environment in which we each can maximize our own potential. John believes that we each can more readily achieve whatever we want in our daily lives so long as we have adequate police, fire and emergency medical services; parks and recreation facilities; senior programs; cultural arts programs; street maintenance; snow removal; waste collection; water, sewer and storm water line maintenance; sensible economic development; and sound building, planning and code compliance. Maintenance and continued steady improvement of our fundamental municipal services would be John’s primary objective as your Council Member.
PARKS AND RECREATION
John believes that the pools and parks of Upper Arlington are among its major civic assets. UA operates three pools, twenty-three parks, one senior center, fifteen baseball and softball fields, thirteen sports fields, eight playgrounds, twenty-one tennis courts, eight shuffleboard courts, eight shelter structures and other recreational facilities. Well-managed and well-manicured park and recreation facilities are important not only to all of us who use them for purposes of health and fitness, but also to enhancing the value of all 14,290 homes in Upper Arlington.
POLICE, FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
John believes that the rapid responsiveness of police, fire and emergency medical personnel is one of the primary reasons that people choose to live in Upper Arlington.
For John and his family, one of the defining moments of their lives in Upper Arlington happened when their burglar alarm went off in the middle of the night several years ago. (Unbeknownst to them at the time, a bug had crawled into the motion detector and set it off). After quickly moving the children to the master bedroom and securing the door, John called 911 when the line freed up from the alarm company’s call to the police. John explained the situation to the dispatcher. The dispatcher asked John to hold for a moment. When she came back on the line a few moments later, the dispatcher said, “Sir, the officer is in your back yard.”
John has seen first-hand the equally rapid and professional response of UA fire and EMS personnel.
John will work to maintain the ability of our police, fire and emergency medical personnel to respond rapidly and professionally when we need their help.
STEWARDSHIP OF TAXPAYER MONEY
John believes that the City Council must act as the watchdog of public finance. The people of Upper Arlington have conferred upon the City Council the responsibility for oversight and careful spending of their income taxes (in the anticipated amount of $28 million in 2019), the municipal portion of their property taxes (projected at $11.6 million), gas tax and motor vehicle license fees, the local government fund, water and sewer surcharges and storm water fees, solid waste fees, municipal investment earnings and other city revenues. The current year’s budget includes $46.5 million in operating expenses, $14.6 million in capital expenses and $8.2 million in debt payments. John respects the fact that the City Council ultimately is accountable for the prudent spending of every dollar of public revenue.
THE ROLE OF CITY COUNCIL
Upper Arlington has had a Council-Manager form of municipal government since 1956. The principal roles of the City Council are to set policy that reflects the will of the people, enact legislation that serves the common good, adopt and oversee the implementation of the annual budget, and assure that the needs and priorities of the community remain the focus of the professional administrators of the city. These responsibilities require members of the City Council to actively reach out to residents, to listen attentively to all those who speak and to exercise their judgment and make their decisions based solely on the best interests of our community.