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Mayer City Council

Nikki McNeilly

Why are you running for Mayer City Council?

My name is Nikki McNeilly, and I have lived in Mayer for more than eight years.

My husband, Nate, and I have two children, Kaitlyn, 5, and Gavin, 19 months.

I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

I currently work for a small rep firm in Bloomington. Our focus is to represent manufacturer’s goods; and sell them into Target, Best Buy, Menards, and other retailers in the area.

My husband owns a small landscaping business; I manage the bookkeeping. I have decided to run as a write-in candidate for Mayer City Council to be a voice for families in our community.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the city, and what are your proposed solutions?

The top two issues facing our community are (but not limited to) property taxes and activities for young families.

My plan is make sure that we lower, or maintain, our current property tax levels. I would only vote for things that make sense for our community.

I also want to make sure that our current parks and trails are of high-quality for our young families. I would provide insight on the community wants and needs that may be overlooked. I want Mayer to be a fun and safe place to raise a family, and to spend our retirement years.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

The only way to operate efficiently as a community is to make sure our budget is in-line with our needs, and not our wants.

I will examine our current budget – line by line – to ensure we have our financial resources allocated correctly. I will explore the possibility of shared services with other communities, to help share in the costs of those services.

On election day, please write in Nikki McNeilly for Mayer City Council.

Tice Stieve-McPadden*

Why are you running for Mayer City Council?

For the most part, I enjoy holding office. I have learned a lot about the political process and our policies, but feel I have more to accomplish and learn, so I decided to run again.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the city, and what are your proposed solutions?

Trying to keep taxes in line with continuing declines in the market values of properties. We have done our best to hold administrative costs down. We work to attract new businesses and housing, so the tax base raises. As a council, we also make cuts to every budget across the board in these trying times, so that our tax rate stays close to the same percent every year.

We also face the issue of infrastructure repairs. Our options are costly at times. We’ve opted to put some major projects by the wayside for now and fix what needs to be fixed, without doing proposed upgrades that would cost the taxpayer high assessments.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

To start with, we continue to do what was mentioned above. We have not issued administrative raises in going on four years now. We are also looking into sharing police and other services with area communities. We continue to do the best that we can to provide our residents with amenities that are within our budgets. Although times are tough, we need to try to build our community and keep it safe and comfortable for our residents. That takes funding.

Bruce Osborn

This candidate did not submit answers to the questions sent him by Herald Journal.

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