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Waverly City Council

Scott Wilson*

Why are you running for Waverly City Council?

I am a current council member and was one of seven candidates selected by the council to fill the empty seat that Mayor Connie Holmes left when she took her current position.

Coming to the end of a two-year stint as an everyday common man struggling to make it like the rest of the world, I have realized that the current management structure is in a bubble and on auto pilot with statements like, “Well, that’s not the way that we did it before.”

That being said, my goal is to continue bringing common sense to the table, with a flare to think outside the box, looking for unique solutions to unique problems.

I have a willingness to serve my community with no ulterior motive. My future goals for the city would be to model Waverly more like Delano, to encourage community involvement, to promote neighbor helping neighbor, and to bring new business to Waverly.

As an established member of the community and neighbor to all, I welcome your ideas for the community.

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

Issue one: Water and sewer rates for the city. One of the biggest issues that we all share is the current water and sewer rate that we all suffer under.

Going forward, my goal is to address this issue more aggressively, opening a dialogue with the City of Montrose to discuss ways that we can reduce the sewer rates.

With the Economic Development Authority assistance, we can eliminate the planned unit development in Carrigan Estates; this will free about 50 lots for low-cost development and add them to the tax rolls.

Issue two: business development within the city.

As we all know, downtown has gone by the wayside, and Waverly is looking more and more like a bedroom town.

About eight years ago, there was a study done by a group of professionals on how to develop Waverly for the future. I would like to create a committee to dust off that study and re-apply that to our community. On our limited budget, this will take community involvement.

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

Maintaining a responsible fiscal budget in an uncertain economy is a challenge. Trust me, I know.

Under the guidance of the mayor, the budget for 2012 and 2013 was gone through line by line. The staff did an excellent job, trimming the fat the last two cycles, only to have the council trim it more.

We are on the right track, and going forward, this will require diligence from everybody involved in our city government. The net result was the city’s levy was reduced both years, creating a lower tax burden for all taxpayers – both business and residential.

I feel that Waverly’s goal should be basic in this current depressed economy. Knowing that while providing basic services and maintenance, our city’s goal should be to maintain our current assets, such as our streets and city buildings, and to work with our current businesses to maintain a “shop local” environment..

Gary Olson*

Why are you running for Waverly City Council?

My wife and I have lived in Waverly since 1990, and have enjoyed it very much. I am currently serving on the city council, so I am very familiar with the city operations and infrastructure.

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

Taxes and water/sewer rates are the concerns of Waverly citizens, as well as myself.

The fall of the economy has stopped our growth, and the number of vacant lots in the city has put a burden on all of us. I do feel the economy is on the return, and hope, in the near future, our city will start growing again and give us relief on both taxes and water/sewer rates.

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

I do not feel we can cut any more in our current budget. We spent several hours cutting expenditures for 2013.

We have a fine city staff, and all of us working together are trying to bring our city rates and taxes down. The city lost most of our state aid and we’re hoping it will return.

I appreciate your vote and confidence in our November election.

Keith Harris

Why are you running for Waverly City Council?

To serve my community, and to help make Waverly a place where people want to live and raise their family.

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

Taxes and services.

To work with the other members of the council to get the job done and find areas we can make cuts, but still provide a decent service that is fair to all members of the community.

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

Promote the city in a way that will make people want to live here, and when that starts happening, it will generate revenue that can continue to pay for all services, and, possibly, start to lower costs to current residences.

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