Recently, Taylor Vanover, Republican candidate for City Council, proposed to include neighborhoods and business districts in infrastructure improvements. He would support giving each district council member $2.2 million to spend on these improvements not otherwise directed by the city. His common sense approach shows that he is more than qualified to represent 5th District voters.
His opponent, longtime member of council Geoff Paddock, was upset that The Journal Gazette’s Political Notebook didn’t ask him for a response to Vanover’s proposal. Not surprisingly, Paddock did not address giving district members a say-so in spending $20 million.
Rather he resorted to retelling a 12-year tale of spending on streets, sidewalks and alleys. He even took credit for the big dig project (this is a have-to-do project from the EPA). The increase from $6 million to more than $30 million has come as an increase in wheel tax revenue.
Voters in the 5th District, including me, have a real chance to fundamentally change the way council works. Taylor Vanover is the candidate to make this happen. In November, vote for Taylor Vanover for 5th District City Council.