CARBON CLIFF — A three-way mayoral race and a three-way contest for two trustee slots highlight the Tuesday municipal elections in Carbon Cliff.|
In the mayor's race, Jason Collins and Angela Fauser, are challenging long-time incumbent Ken Williams.
Mr. Collins said, "Today we are faced with budget cuts, both from the state and federal levels of government. This is another reason why we need to expand in order to create new jobs and tax revenue."
Ms. Fauser said, "I would like to be the voice of the citizens of the Village of Carbon Cliff by creating a channel for regular communication between the village and members of the community. I believe good government to be a partnership between elected officials and the voters."
Mayor Ken Williams points to his experience of 28 years as mayor of Carbon Cliff. "We have financial stability," he said. "Over the last ten years or so, the consistent tax rate has dropped from the 2002 rate of $1.02 per $100 to 65 cents per $100."
"I focused on diversifying the tax rate by bringing in new businesses, including two motels, a restaurant, a BP gas station, a Casey's and LaMarr Outdoor Advertising, among others. In addition to those businesses, we added Villa Pines, a 28-unit condo association; Mansur Woods, a 115-unit apartment complex, and Old Orchard Estates, a 144-unit residential complex."
"Going forward, we will need to provide services without knowing what the state and federal finances will be. It is vitally important that the person elected understands how state and federal financing are tied to municipal finances."
Three candidates are vying for two, two-year terms as trustee. Mike Bragg said, "I believe, as a village, we need to work diligently to improve. We need to be aware that everyone is a shareholder in our future. To do this, we need to engage in open and honest communication.
Candidate Vernon Delles said, "The key issue is change. The trustees need to get out and meet people more often to find out what they want the village to do to make it a better place to live."
Candidate Leevon Harris said he is proud of the improvements the village has made. "I want to work with the newly elected trustees and the residents to continue to improve the village, to keep the budget balanced and the taxes reasonable."
Three candidates are running for three four-year terms as trustee: Bill Hintz, who is completing a four-year term as trustee; Larry Scott, a former mayor appointee, and newcomer Joyce Swanson.
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