In Order to Serve the Public First, We Must…

Do More with Less Alderman

I believe we should not do more with less when it comes to pub­lic safety, but I strongly believe we can do more with less Aldermen.

Now is the per­fect oppor­tu­nity to insti­tute real change in our city gov­ern­ment. At one time you needed to call your alder­man to get a garbage can; now you just call 311. Now is a great time to strongly con­sider and have hear­ings on reduc­ing the num­ber of Wards to 25 instead of 50.

The process can be sim­ple, one Alderman for each police dis­trict. If one police com­man­der can be respon­si­ble for the safety of over 100 thou­sand res­i­dents, I’m sure one Alderman can rep­re­sent the same num­ber of con­stituents. Imagine an alder­man who doesn’t have a sec­ond job; with his sole respon­si­bil­ity to rep­re­sent and work for the cit­i­zens of his ward.

Create a Searchable Online Check Registry:

Every expended dollar in our Ward will be searchable on this database within thirty (30) days of the expenditure. This online database will give free, easy access to all concerned citizens, advocacy groups, and media outlets.

Hold Quarterly Public Town Hall and Zoning Meetings:

The taxpayers own every dollar the city spends on their behalf, and they have a right to know and directly discuss how those resources are dispersed in an open forum.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reform:

Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIFs) divert tax dollars away from city agencies that oversee the schools, parks, libraries, etc. These agencies then raise their tax rates to recover the lost revenue. Those higher rates are passed on to the taxpayers. I will be a strong advocate for TIF Reform.