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Each township shall have three elected trustees, serving staggered terms of four years as the law-enacting body for all township business.The trustees can establish policies for the township area, consider zoning and prepare a budget for the year. If needed, the trustees can consider appointing a township administrator with approval of voters. The trustees oversee police and fire operations and make day-to-day decisions in the township’s best interests.
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What are your thoughts regarding funding the infrastructure needs of your community?

Age 52
Education Field High School USAF Advanced Electronics School
Training & Experience Suffield Township Trustee, 8 years. Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 5 years. 2017 OTA Leadership Academy graduate. President of the Portage County Township Association, 2 years. 4 years USAF 26 years selling capital equipment for GED Integrated Solutions.
All roads are local, therefore I would like to see more funding from the state going to the counties and townships. Suffield Township has been very fortunate that the voters have continued supporting our road levies over when they are asked. This has allowed us to maintain township roads to their highest level. That said, funding has been reduced at all levels of local government, leaving county roads within the township not being maintained to the same standards. We continue to work with less from the state, and work hard at staying within our budget.
Education Field graduate/Akron Machining Institute/Journeyman Tool and Die maker/attended Stark State
Training & Experience Zoning Board of Appeals auxiliary member
As I have never served as Trustee before, it would be wrong of me to speculate exactly how much funding our community infrastructure actually needs. I feel it would be wrong for any official to pass the financial burden 100% on to the residents. My first step would be to find out what challenges and demands we share as a community and come up with a unified plan. A useful resource would be to seek out nearby successful communities and see what has worked for them. I do see a need and demand to be a "pro" business advocate to stimulate community growth and unity.
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