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The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

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Bellbrook Mayor

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    Michael Schweller

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What are the two biggest challenges facing the city and how will you deal with them?

It’s a multi-million project, estimates for which exceed the city’s annual budget. How will the city pay to fix Little Sugarcreek Road so that the bedrock underneath stops slipping away?

Bellbrook is one of only a few cities in the state without an income tax. Would you support changing how the city is funded by implementing an income tax?

What is the best way to manage a city where the residential population all around it is increasing significantly?

What else do you want voters to know about you?

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Experience Current Mayor of Bellbrook, with over 20 experience years on Bellbrook City Council. Prior to my term on council, I was on the Planning Board for over 10 years. I am a Certified Public Accountant, employed as a Tax Consultant by Brady, Ware & Schoenfeld, Inc.
Education Bachelors degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University; MBA from the University of Dayton
The challenges facing Bellbrook are maintaining a balanced budget and continuing to provide the same level of services our citizens have grown to expect. Without an income tax, and the elimination of several revenue sources at the state level, we must deal with relatively flat revenue and increasing expenses. We have infrastructure repairs to consider and we also need to continue our focus on revitalizing downtown and keeping our community “Small Town Friendly”.
The engineering study covering a 2,600 foot corridor along Little Sugarcreek Road from Franklin Street to Vineyard Way was presented to Council August 26. We are very early in the process of evaluating our options. This section of the road has experienced landslides resulting in structural failure in 2018 and reduced safety in 2019. The current cost estimate for phase one is in excess of $1,000,000 dollars, while the total repair is in excess of $7,000,000 dollars. The City of Bellbrook budget is approximately $6,500,000 dollars; clearly additional grants and funding will be necessary. Funding options include grants or other state funding, including the Ohio Public Works Commission Issue 2 program.

Again, we are very early in the process and dealing with preliminary estimates. In 2020, further study will be done to better quantify the total repair cost.

The enactment of an income tax for the City of Bellbrook is not under consideration and is not a viable option. Bellbrook is one of only a few cities in Ohio without an income tax and I intend to keep it that way.
For the City of Bellbrook, it means prioritizing our expenditures so that we always put our citizens first and spend taxpayers money wisely. We need to continue providing what is necessary and realistic for our citizens. Bellbrook prides itself on strong fiscal management with a continued balance between appropriate long range planning and the related economics. My goal is to keep a strong focus on our finances so that we are able to continue providing the services our citizens are accustomed to while at the same time, remaining a tax free city.
When voters go to the polls on November 5, I would ask that they evaluate candidates on the basis of the following 3 criteria: Education - does the candidate have the necessary qualifications; Experience - does the candidate bring valuable, relevant experience to the position and finally, Commitment to the City of Bellbrook - is the candidate here to make a difference.

I am a certified public accountant with a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Bowling Green State University and an MBA degree from the University of Dayton.

I am currently the Mayor of Bellbrook with over 20 years experience on Council. I have been a resident of Bellbrook since 1984, and I am committed to the future Bellbrook.

When you vote of November 5, I would encourage you to evaluate the candidates on the basis of their education, experience and commitment to Bellbrook. Now more than ever, we need trusted and experienced leadership.

I ask that on November 5, you vote Mike Schweller for Mayor.