7563 Sugarbush Trail
City Council members are elected to represent a constituency. Each member must act in a manner deemed best to serve that constituency. In Hudson, not all residents agree on specific issues. Phase 2 of downtown, infrastructure spending, and other community services, for instance, are matters of discussion and debate. Members of Council must be engaged with the residents to understand issues from all perspectives and determine the course of action to pursue based on that input.
Hudson lost roughly 10% of its revenue with the reduction in the local government fund and estate tax elimination. This has put pressure on the City to remain fiscally sound and provide essential services. Despite this, Hudson has remained fiscally solid and has preserved its AAA bond rating. The City is not in competition with the BOE or Library as the funding sources are different. The City, in fact, works collaboratively with them to make Hudson a desirable place to live and work.
Variance applications in Hudson are considered by the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals. Appeals from the BZBA go to the Summit County Court. Council is not involved in variance determinations. Council does review the Land Development Code and is currently undertaking a review of that code. Council is guided in this by the Comprehensive Plan and citizen input to make sure the character of Hudson is preserved while promoting business development to help with the tax base.
6752 Evergreen Road
Hudson, OH 44236
Summit County Ballot Issues
Hudson City Council-at-Large
Every opinion, every vote, offered by a Council Person is made in public. That’s how the voters hold public officials accountable. To hold myself accountable, I plan to hold public forums and have office hours. It’s important to me to gather as much information as I can before I cast votes.
Local Government funding has been cut 50% by the State over the last 10 years. BOE and Library funding have experienced difficulties as well. The only long-term solution is through economic/business development. Without new business in Hudson, the burden will continue to rest upon the residential taxpayer. Every vote has a potential economic impact.
Variance and Code changes can be good, but it’s very important to maintain the historic integrity of Hudson.
6101 Stow Road
Hudson OH 44236
Residents are at the top of the city org chart. Council members are responsible to your interests first, before those of Council and the staff. I can’t say this is always the case, which is why I’m running for Council at Large. Accountability includes listening to your bosses, and keeping them informed. I host quarterly Ward Forums (next one 10/30) and attend HOA and issue related neighborhood meetings. I’m the only member with a website hudsonward3.com to update residents with my perspectives.
The state share of funding and the corresponding burdens are different for each entity listed; the state cuts are not as significant for the City as they are for the Schools or Library. State support for cities (outside of the estate tax) peaked at less than 5% our budget. What the Hudson public entities have done and can continue to expand, is to work cooperatively where the law allows to save money for taxpayers, like using the City’s paving program to get better pricing for school projects
The most critical standards are consistency and fairness. We have an antiquated Code, enforced unevenly throughout the City. There should be equal value placed on neighborhoods regardless of whether the homes are 150 or 50 years old. All are part of our housing stock. There’s too much uncertainty for developers, homeowners and business owners resulting in frustration, added costs and lost opportunities. The LDC is being revised now, hopefully it will better reflect our goals as a City.
7 Bradley Drive
Hudson, Ohio 44236
Summit County Ballot Issues
Hudson City Council At Large
1. Accountability means being responsive to the needs of the citizens. I belong to numerous organizations where I can listen to and discuss our projects with other citizens. Also, Councilman Wooldridge and I hold periodic meetings with a group of citizens to determine the sense of the community. The final responsibility, however, is in the hands of the elected official. Citizens have elected me and put their trust in me to exercise my best judgment when making decisions.
2. Hudson lost approximately $1,500,000 yearly when the state reduced the local government fund and eliminated the estate tax. My concern is that the state will continue to reduce funding. We have adjusted to these declining revenues by becoming a more efficient city (consolidation of city operations into one location, cross training to minimize number of employees, and emphasis on economic development). We will continue to emphasize strong financial planning and think “outside the box”.
3. The LDC is currently being rewritten since it originated 18 years ago. Although it will never be possible to anticipate all zoning and use situations, hopefully by updating the codes, the number of appeals for exceptions will be reduced. When evaluating variance requests, I first look to the standards in the LDC. Then, it is also necessary to use some common sense. In the final analysis, decisions must reflect the standards demanded by our citizens.
100 college street
Hudson, ohio 44236
City Council is similar to a Board of Directors for a corporation, only it serves the city of Hudson. Our stakeholders are the citizens of the city to whom we are responsible for our action and decisions. As a Council person I am responsible to the citizenry as a whole, and then to individuals who call upon me to help with issues related to the city. Examples would be road problems and safety concerns. Ultimately, I am responsible to the citizens as a whole and individuals for specific issues.
Hudson has experienced A substantial loss in state funding due to the elimination of the estate tax (about $1.5 million per year) and a reduction in the government fund (about $400,000 per year). This amounts to approx. 10% of the annual general fund revenues. As a result, we have had to squeeze more efficiencies from our operations and manage our capital expenditures for roads and major projects very carefully. Careful financial management going forward will be very important.
Our land development code is presently undergoing a comprehensive review with the intent of presenting the code in a more understandable and useful manner. For the most part I support upholding the code for new construction. As regards requests for zoning changes, I listen carefully to affected residents and businesses. As a matter of principal, I am against spot rezoning.
1595 Plantation Drive
Hudson, Ohio 44236-3867
“Accountability” means (1) being answerable to the citizenry and business interests and (2) holding appointed city officials answerable to the members of City Council. Each elected official must repay the voters’ confidence by –
keeping an open mind and not worrying who gets the credit,
communicating with the electorate and responding to concerns in a timely fashion,
heading off problems before they become more costly to address, and
managing city finances to maximize efficiency.
Voters sense that household incomes have not increased anywhere near the double-digit growth rates built into our city budget by “professional” managers who “pay for” increases in their compensation and benefits by siphoning resources otherwise available for road and storm sewer needs, to cite but one example.
To reduce the risk of competing headlong with the school board in seeking voter approval of additional revenue streams, the city must allocate resources efficiently and trim expenses.
Protecting the health, safety, and general welfare of city residents and businesses must be foremost when it comes to zoning. That means –
(1) deciding whether the proposed regulation or use of a particular parcel will serve the long-term goals as expressed in our comprehensive land use plan and
(2) assuring that any regulatory reform or any application or appeal involving any individual parcel will be uniform and will preserve both property values and compatibility within zoning districts.