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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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Beavercreek Council

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    Glen Duerr

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In what ways did the Memorial Day tornado change the city of Beavercreek, for better or worse? What will you do to help recovery?

The tornado has exposed the negatives of a city being funded by property taxes. Would you support switching the city’s source of revenue to an income tax in the future?

An income tax would have to be supported by the voters. Do you think voters would support such a proposal?

What will be your priorities in spending over the next two years for maintaining streets and other capital projects when you wait for FEMA reimbursement?

Are you worried that having a medical marijuana dispensary will cause problems in the city?

What do you think the two biggest issues are facing the city and how would you deal with them?

What else do you want voters to know about you?

Experience 50 years in the optical Industry. the last 30 worked as a Regional Sales Manager and National Sales Manage
The tornado certainly changed the landscape in the affected area. The trees and buildings that were destroyed may take years to recover. The residents of Beavercreek are very resilient and resourceful. Beavercreek will rebuild and hopefully be better as we move forward. One of my suggestions is to create a position within the city to work directly with the homeowners and business owners as they try to rebuild. This person would be tasked with knowing who to contact for any concerns the residents may have. I will also try to create a more open dialogue with the residents to identify their concerns though monthly or quarterly meetings to discus whatever their concerns and needs are,
The City of Beavercreek has been run very efficiently over the past several years. The department heads have done a great job of doing what needs to be done in the most cost efficient way. The tornado revealed a need to look at the possibility of an earnings tax or some other way of funding the city. As a city, if something like a tornado or other natural disaster occurs, there is no way to use money from one department supported by a property tax. That money can only be used for that specific department. The General fund will be depleted d=from the costs of the tornado. We will get part of that back form FEMA, but that could take 2-3 years. If we had another natural disaster like an ice storm this winter that affected a larger part or all of Beavercreek we would not have the funds to deal with it. We also have about 200 million dollars of projects that we can not address.
If a good coordinated plan is presented properly and explained to all of the residents, there is a chance that the voters would vote for it. We need to remember that 75% of the people who work in Beavercreek do not live in Beavercreek, and that group is paying an earning tax to the community they live in. They are using all of our city services but not paying anything for them. That is left to the residents, If an earning tax would be implemented some of those tax dollars would remain here in Beavercreek.
I believe we need to be very careful how we spend money over the next couple of years. Each project will need to be vetted to make sure it is necessary and crucial to our residents. The street department may realize a little income from the recent gas tax but we still need to look very carefully at the what we spend our money on.
The marijuana dispensary is a concern, but until it actually opens and we see what transpires, I am going to with hold judgement. The voters of the State of Ohio voted to allow it, so I will let it open and see what affects we see.
The two biggest concerns I see for the city is Number One, Funding long term. As a council, we will need to work with our department heads to ensure we are being good and efficient stewards of the monies available, I sometimes wish that there was some crystal ball we could look at and know what to do, but we do not so as we move forward all options will need to be available to work through this concern. Number Two. Development- We must continue to provide for planned development and redevelopment of our cities commercial properties. We need to create a positive balance between the growth of business and the impact it may have on our residents. We also need to prepare for the changes we will see in the next 5-10 years as the current way of doing business evolves into the future.
I have been a resident of Beavercreek since before it was a city. I have volunteered over 15,000 hours working in the city and am very proud to call Beavercreek my home. I have a proven work record serving as a Regional and National Sales Manager with responsibility for the USA, Canada and Mexico. I do not take the opportunity of becoming a City Council person lightly. I know there will be trials and long hours that need to be worked, but I believe in Beavercreek and know that we have a great city to work, live and play in. The spirit here is amazing. Our residents really look out for each other and my promise to them is that I will do every thing I can to make sure we continue to be a great city to call home!!
Experience 24 years of local government experience.
Education Bachelors of Science in Education from The Ohio State University. Credentialed City Manager from the International City Managers Association. Certified Parks and Recreation Professional from the National Recreation and Parks Association.
Twitter @petebales2
Beavercreek has been blessed with high quality leadership that served the residents and businesses needs extremely well during the tornadoes. To date, the city has provided over $3 million to clean-up efforts. The local government waived all municipal fees to those affected and all but one business is planning to rebuild. I believe the city should continue to support the recovery efforts by providing technical assistance and informational resources necessary to those dealing with FEMA and insurance companies. Beavercreek has banded together and become stronger through this tragedy. I am proud to call Beavercreek my home and support the needs of all residents.
It is important to keep Beavercreek affordable for all residents. To do so, I will work to seek alternate funding sources in order to reduce the property tax burden on all residents and to provide economic development incentives to continue to build a strong and vibrant business community. I believe the next City Council should evaluate all funding opportunities including an earnings tax. However, It is my intention to alleviate some of the burden on property owners who currently shoulder all of the load of local government operations through property taxes. The City also needs to be aggressively seeking grants and other sources of revenue to supplement necessary improvements.
I've never met a person who likes paying taxes. I recently read a statistic that stated 75% of people who work in Beavercreek do not live in the City. That means, in many cases, those workers are already paying an income tax to the city in which they live. However, they are utilizing Beavercreek resources every day (roads, public safety, etc.) but not providing any funding. Many Beavercreek residents work outside the City of Beavercreek in municipalities who are collecting an income tax. The City is losing out on necessary revenue. My platform has always been to keep Beavercreek affordable. To support an income tax, City Council must look at ways to reduce property taxes to generally offset any burden that an income tax may have on our residents. It should not be considered a blank check. The City needs a comprehensive plan that easily explains how the revenue from an income tax will be spent. I want to show our residents tangible projects that benefit the entire community.
The City Council must prioritize and reduce capital improvement projects for the next couple of years while waiting for FEMA to reimburse expenses related to the tornado. The City must live up to their commitments with the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission to fund our local match for state and federal grants for roadway infrastructure projects. These projects are important to the community because they provide funding for major capital improvements to thoroughfares throughout the city that are largely paid for by grants. I believe all operational budgets must be carefully evaluated for potential reductions. My other priority is to maintain policing levels throughout the city and continue to provide services to our senior adults.
City Council needs to put in place thorough zoning regulations and policing policies that protect citizens in order to alleviate problems that could be caused by a medical marijuana dispensary. We must protect our children and property values. Many plans exist and have been tested and proven in other states in which Beavercreek could use as a model.
Funding of government operations must be reformed. City Council must work together to develop a plan to keep Beavercreek affordable while preserving property values. To accomplish this, I believe it is critical to seek alternate funding opportunities and revenue sources and alleviate some of the burden on property taxes which are becoming increasingly harder to afford for many residents. I will work to find creative and innovative ways to reduce property tax while maintaining the high-quality services we enjoy in Beavercreek.

The City must continue to invest in maintenance of its infrastructure. The City needs to aggressively seek grant funding to improve condition of roadways, parks and facilities.
I am a proud lifelong resident of Beavercreek. I’ve been married to my wife Amanda for fifteen years and have two amazing kids. My son Jack is thirteen and my daughter Cara is nine, both attending Beavercreek schools. I am a member of the Beavercreek Wetlands and the BW Greenway Community Land Trust. I have served on the Beavercreek Parks and Recreation Master Planning Committee and the Beavercreek Golf Club Advisory Board. I have also served on my Homeowners Association board. I have been an adviser for Owen’s Place since its inception. I am a member and Past President of the Rotary Club. I am a credentialed City Manager through the International City Manager’s Association as well as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional. Because of these credentials, I can provide professional insight into issues and legislation like no other candidate. I will ensure that ALL perspectives on issues are listened to and evaluated fairly. VOTE, For Pete's Sake!
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Experience In Beavercreek: Vice Chair, Board of Zoning Appeals (2018-present); Vice President of the Villas at King's Crossing HOA (2013-2018); Charter Review Committee (2013-2014). At Cedarville University: Tenure and Promotion committee (2018-present) *elected*; Faculty Committee to the President (2019-president) *elected*; Arts and Sciences Curriculum Subcommittee (2015-2019); Faculty Academic Advisory Committee (2018); Assistant/Volunteer Coach, Men's soccer team (2012-2016)
Education I hold a Ph.D. from Kent State University (Political Science) with specialized tracks in Public Policy and International Relations. Additionally, I received advanced training in quantitative methods. My M.A. is from the University of Windsor (Political Science), and my Honors B.A. is from Western University (History and Political Science)
Twitter @glenduerr
Both. My neighborhood was damaged, fairly badly, in the Memorial Day tornado--our homes were damaged, but not destroyed. For me, the recovery effort is personal because so many homeowners in my neighborhood, including myself, had to replace the roof, garage door, some siding, and windows. The tornado changed the city for the better because it brought the community closer together during this time. I saw an outpouring of help with people trying to fix each others' homes, businesses, and churches.

Of course, the tornado changed the city for the worse because some areas, especially the Gardenview neighborhood, will never be the same. The mature trees are mostly gone, as are numerous rows of houses. The most important priority right now for the city and its citizens is to continue the rebuilding effort by supporting the businesses that were impacted, and offering help to students at Shaw Elementary, in particular, who are trying to study while simultaneously rebuilding their lives.
In my view, the citizens of Beavercreek should make that decision. A "top-down" injunction of an income tax by City Council will be rejected by the citizens, and rightly so, because it would change the nature of Beavercreek. At the moment, there is a good proposal on the table that would simultaneously add an income tax and reduce property taxes. I still need more information before making a decision; I would only support the decision if an income tax provides direct support for Beavercreek Schools. Otherwise, I am very wary of adding an additional tax that can become burdensome in the future--government rarely reduces taxes once one is put in place.

However, if elected, I will work with whichever solution the citizens decide. I want to listen, and be responsive to the needs of the residents. Whether there is an income tax or not, I will work to remain fiscal responsibility, and to advocate for a larger general fund so that if another natural disaster occurs, we can be prepared.
Possibly. Since there is a population that works inside Beavercreek, but lives elsewhere, they pay no taxes in the city. Some Beavercreek residents do not like this arrangement. Thus, an income tax has some appeal, and I can envision a fairly close and contested vote.

However, since the issue of an income tax is not new, history indicates that the residents will vote against an income tax. For many people, the two signature components of Beavercreek are 1) great schools and 2) no income tax. So, unless there has been a shift in thinking, I think that voters will reject the income tax proposal.

That said, there are significant issues facing the city. The city government operates very well, but on a lean budget. Therefore, capital and infrastructure projects require grant monies and levies from the citizens. If the citizens reject the income tax proposal, these issues remain, so voters have to decide if they want to pay for road improvements via an income tax or property taxes.
Maintaining streets is a significant issue in Beavercreek, especially along North Fairfield Road. Improving traffic flow and avoiding gridlock will be high priorities for me when it comes to infrastructure. The current schedule laid out by the city manager proposes further improvements to North Fairfield Road and also Kemp Road in the near future. I concur with these decisions, and will prioritize road widening, especially in areas with traffic flow issues.

Another priority is community parks, and the interconnected issue of the bikeway initiative. First, maintaining good spaces for kids to play is important because it will further attract young families, like mine, to move to Beavercreek. Second, the bikeway initiative could be a major boost to tourism since the path runs from Washington DC to Washington State. I envision a bike-sharing opportunity to allow families and guests the chance to use the bikeway.
Yes, this is one of the reasons for my candidacy. I am firmly OPPOSED to the medical marijuana dispensary in Beavercreek. While I have significant sympathy for people with chronic illnesses, there are too many concerning factors to allow a dispensary to operate inside the city. For example, the human brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. If the government endorses a form of marijuana usage, then it sends the wrong message to the youth of Beavercreek.

I am running a campaign that is focused on families and neighborhoods, which means facilitating the development of businesses and amenities that are family-friendly. New businesses and ideas will always be welcomed by me, but they must be supported by a wide consensus of the citizens of Beavercreek. An issue like a medical marijuana dispensary does NOT fulfill this criterion because support for it is quite narrow.
1) Tornado relief. In northern Beavercreek, several neighborhoods are still rebuilding from the tornado, so access to information and resources is most critical here. City government should further facilitate the work of a) the Beavercreek Tornado Network, in connecting those affected by the tornado to local contractors who can specifically work on repairs, and b) the Chamber of Commerce, in order to help businesses re-open, especially in the N. Fairfield Road/Kemp Road area.

2) Economic development/marketing. Governments do not create jobs, but are integral to creating the correct conditions for economic growth. I propose actively marketing Beavercreek as a “STEMC” city—encouraging job creation around WPAFB in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Computer Science. Our children take Robotics classes in school, so we are ready for the jobs of the future. If we connect this campaign to our excellent sports, and successful quiz bowl, teams, we can better market a successful city.
1) As a husband, and father of three children, I want to help build a city that is focused on the next generation. I am passionate about education, and helping the next generation realize their dreams at home in Beavercreek. It is the primary reason for my STEMC marketing plan listed above.

2) I am an Associate Professor of International Studies at Cedarville University where I have the privilege of teaching political science and international relations courses. My academic and practical experience qualify me to serve on City Council. At Cedarville, I was elected to two significant committees covering promotion and tenure--my colleagues trust me with big decisions! Additionally, I am involved in my community (Vice Chair of the Board of Zoning Appeals) and church (University Baptist Church).

3) I have traveled to 35 nations, and hold a wide view of the world that can make a difference right here at home! I am not an "ivory tower" academic; my research is on the ground and relevant.