Jim supports the bill passed in the House to add $500 million annually for local roads. Part of that plan drops the current .19 cent per gallon and substitutes a 6% tax on wholesale gasoline.
Jim also supports investing in roads from our Oakland County surplus. “Good roads serve our citizens and attract business.”
Ten years ago the state paid Oakland County $11 million to get priority treatment to state roads in our county. Now they pay $2 million. Snow plowing of roads was budgeted at $12 million this winter. It cost us $16 million. Road revenues in Oakland County are down 2.6% from 2003.
All levels of government need to cooperate to solve the road problems.
The SMART one mill on the ballot provides transportation to grocery stores, medical services and church for the senior citizens, the blind and handicapped and those without a vehicle. Business depends on those people getting to their stores.
It replaces an 0.41 mill expiring millage.
Water & Sewer
Joining a purchase of the Detroit Water and Sewer system with other municipalities as a regional authority holds promise, IF we can get it for the right price, If we can develop a plan to make the needed repairs If we can collect the fees from the Detroit users.
Tax free municipal bonds could be used to make repairs and purchase the regional facilities.
If the suburbs do not take advantage of this, we leave Detroit as the monopoly supplier OR they sell it to a private party who has an instant monopoly. What do you think will happen to our water and sewer rates then?
Separating rain water from municipal sewer water will reduce volume and save money. Can the system be run more efficiently with less staff? That needs to be examined.
Experienced, Energetic, Problem Solver
Commitment to Community Service
Lions International 36 years
Minuteman Award, community service
Pres. Paint Creek Ridge Home Owners
Christ the Redeemer Church, Lake Orion
North Oakland County MARSP
Humane Society volunteer, Monroe Co.
Senior Center President, 3 years
Served on Library board
Bedford PTA Vice-President
Pride and Honor Flight volunteer
Experience That Fits the Job
County Commissioner, Monroe Co.
County Planning Commission
Zoning Board of Appeals
Township Planning Committee
Superintendent of Schools, 10 years
Taught Government and Economics
State Legislative Committee, MARSP
Full-Time FHA Appraiser
Greater Oakland Co. Republicans