I feel strongly about maintaining a community with conservative values and a safe town with great schools. I support our Police and Fire Departments and feel that Public Safety should be one our highest priorities for our town. I am proud to be one of five people on the board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) that made Collierville Schools a reality because I believe that our children's Education is a top priority. I will fight to do whatever it takes so that Collierville Municipal Schools will remain the outstanding school system that it is. I recognize that the education of our children and grandchildren is not a cost, but rather an investment into the future of our town.
Having served on the various local committees and commissions over the past twenty years, I have an excellent working knowledge of the town's financial operations and I will continue to seek a balanced budget, and I will also support the town of Collierville being friendly toward small businesses. I realize that by supporting and encouraging the growth of small businesses, it will allow the town to diversify its revenue base, by not relying as heavily upon residential property taxes.
When I ran for Alderman, I made a promise to keep the water and sewer fees from increasing. I have obtained a halt to scheduled increase to the water and sewer rates. I have led the town (one of three Aldermen) by voting and obtaining water development fees for new construction from a neighboring town that buys our water to offset the infrastructure cost that our citizens have paid and continue to pay each month. I have also reduced the free sewer services to a large corporate citizen in Collierville from a 50% discounted rate to a 25% discounted rate, and I will continue to fight so that everyone pays their fair share. As Alderman, I will continue to keep our water and utilities as low as possible while providing a key service to our community.
When I was elected as Alderman, I also promised to fight high taxes. I voted against the 22% property tax increase (one of two Aldermen). I disagreed and voted against the frivolous expenditure of one million dollars on synthetic turf, especillay at a time when we were looking at a budget deficit and need to conserve funds for our new school system. I felt it was unwise and not being a good steward of the tax payer's dollar. As Alderman, I will continue fighting to keep your taxes low and produce cuts in unnecessary areas to help absorb the financial impact of investing in our children's education. We should only spend what is needed, and keep Schools and Public Safety at the top of our priorities.
With my experience in both large enterprises and small business, I know what it takes to make Collierville a great place to live now and for future generations.
I ask for your prayers and your continued support by reelecting me as your Alderman for Position 4.