Archive for Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Candidate looks forward to race

January 24, 2001

To the Residents of Baldwin City:

As a candidate for the Baldwin City Council I would like to introduce myself to those of you who do not know me. My family and I moved to Baldwin City three years ago to build and manage Heritage Tractor. I have lived and worked in several different communities both large and small all over the Midwest. While I have found Baldwin City a great community to raise our two high school age sons, I have been interested in several issues that continue to trouble our town. As a homeowner as well as a business owner, I am concerned that we are not getting adequate "value" for paying the highest property taxes in Douglas County. We deserve quality and dependable electrical, water and sewer services. Admittedly some progress has been made by the current council in this area, but much more needs to be done.

It is also important to remember that the council serves at the pleasure of the citizens of Baldwin City. A new council must do a better job of listening to the people and encouraging the citizens to take an active roll in their community. The council should be encouraging a cooperative rather than an adversarial atmosphere. Our goal should be productive and well-attended council and committee meetings where any citizen of Baldwin is made to feel welcome. After all, it is the taxpayer who pays the tab.

The council must be fiscally responsible and only commit the city to those projects which current taxpayers can afford. To do otherwise is irresponsible. Change is inevitable. We all know it's coming. However, growth needs to be managed. We must grow as our financial resources allow. The concerns of the existing residents of Baldwin City must be addressed first.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve this community and to work with all the citizens of Baldwin on making this a safe, comfortable and affordable place to live. I would encourage all to attend the various candidate forums being held. This is your opportunity to get to know the candidates and ask the hard questions. I hope to see you there.

Ken Wagner
501 Lawrence Street

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