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VOTERS' GUIDE 2010
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Mayer City Council

Three people have filed for a position on the Mayer City Council: Erick Boder, Dan Lueth, and Paul Malberg. Two will be elected to four-year terms.

Erick Boder

Why are you running for office?

I am running for Mayer City Council because I believe that government officials who we elect must reflect the needs and wants of our community.

I have talked with my neighbors and other people who live in Mayer, and I believe that the high tax levies for city infrastructure, increasing utility costs to residents, and holding tax rates to a minimum are of the highest concerns to families.

I believe that we, as a community, need to focus on smart growth within the city of Mayer. We need to offer incentives to businesses, as well as families, to entice people to invest in our community.

I truly believe, like most families I know, that we need to do more with less. We need to partner with other local communities for essential city services. I believe that we can provide high-quality services to the people of Mayer in a more cost-efficient manner.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

I believe that the two top issues in Mayer right now are our taxes and costs of city services.

I would like to see the city not increase the tax rate, and cut it when possible. We can accomplish this by being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars.

Now is the time to focus on projects that are critical to the City of Mayer’s infrastructure, not to add an additional tax burden for projects that can be considered in a stronger economic climate.

We can focus on how the city contracts for its services, and demand better performance and value from our contractors.

I believe that we can provide high-quality services to the people of Mayer in a more cost-efficient manner.

Why should you be elected?

I am committed to the city of Mayer. I am a member of the Mayer Fire Department, serve as a Mayer Economic Development commissioner, and sit on the Rising Festival Committee.

I am educated. I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice organizational leadership at Concordia University in Saint Paul.

I have more than 11 years of public experience as a police officer, chief of police, and currently as deputy sheriff.

I have had the opportunity to help many people work through many problems. I have experience working with all levels of government.

I believe that we need to keep Mayer a place that we all can afford to live in.

Dan Lueth

Why are you running for office?

I am running for the Mayer City Council with no personal agenda. I am simply looking to make a positive difference in the role of local government in the lives of the citizens of Mayer. Serving on the city council will allow me to make a positive impact on the future of Mayer.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

The amount that we pay in taxes at all levels of government is too high. Businesses and private individuals have to do more with less. Government should do the same.

I will focus on cost-effective methods to deliver high-quality core government services. I will work to stop frivilous government spending. I will work to maintain or lower local tax rates.

The major issue this fall seems to be the baseball field improvements. I am against bonding and spending $685,000 for the ballpark improvements. This will add close to $100 per year to many families’ property taxes. I think this is excessive for something that will not benefit most people in the community.

The higher our local property taxes are, the less likely people are going to build in Mayer. This will keep property taxes high and water/sewer rates high, as there will not be as many properties to spread the costs.

I am supportive of having nice, well-maintained parks in the Mayer community. I feel this is an excessive cost at this time. Ultimately, the voters will decide this issue on the ballot this election.

Why should you be elected?

I will do my best to insure the City of Mayer maintains a high level of fiscal responsibility.

I will work hard to make sure that Mayer remains a great place to live and raise a family.

I will listen to the citizens of Mayer and take their feedback into consideration on all decisions.

Paul Malberg

Why are you running for office?

I want to give back to the community that I live in. I think, in everyone’s life, there’s a time when you need to give back. I feel the city council will give me the opportunity to try and better my community, by using a common sense approach and being fiscally responsible with taxpayers’ money.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

First, is improving the baseball park. We have a bonding question on the ballot that I hope the citizens of Mayer think is as important as I do. An improved Old Schoolhouse Park would give Mayer a focal point for our city for years to come.

Second, would be keeping up with small infrastructure projects every few years, so the tax burden would not be so great for the taxpayers of Mayer.

Why should you be elected?

Because, I want what most everyone else wants out of their city – good schools, affordable housing, great parks, and new infrastructure. They want to feel safe and have little or no crime – they moved here for the small town feel.

As the next Mayer councilman, I will try my best to keep Mayer moving towards the quality of life we want in our city, using a common sense approach and being fiscally responsible.

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