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Elida Council -Term Commences 01/01/18 --Vote for no more than 4

It is the duty of council to ensure the village fulfills its duties under the law and lawfully exercises its powers. They should act as liaisons between the village and the general public. They are to protect the welfare of the village and direct enforcement of the village ordinances.
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    Marv Adams Retired Insurance Agency Owner

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What do you believe is the single most important issue facing the village of Elida and how would you address it?

Current Occupation Retired Insurance Agency owner and former Village Councilman over nine years.
Education 1958-1960 was Fourth Class to enter New United States Air Force Academy, Attended University of Evansville and Toledo University.
Training & Experience Studied Numerous Insurance Industry Courses, Real Estate Licensing, Owned Multiple Line Insurance Agency for 34 years, then sold and retired.
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Increasing Village Revenue to offset increasing overhead of Elida's Village Expenses in excess of income. To work hard with an economic development to bring new businesses to our village. Already contacted businesses to build on vacant land and within our Village and adjacent to Elida. Work to change Zoning Code to require any new business or residence adjoining us to annex once they apply to tap into our water. We have a least four commercial sites available and vacant land that could be developed on Greenlawn, Elida Road, 53 acres and Land North of High School. This has worked in other villages.
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Current Occupation Dana Corporation
Education Lima Senior High School - Diploma
Training & Experience Mayor, Village of Elida - 1996 - 1997; Councilman, Village of Elida - 1992 - 1996
The most important issue facing the Village of Elida is utilizing the taxpayer’s dollars in a fiscally responsible manner. In the ever changing political environment, often times it is the small entity, such as the Village, that is left responsible to figure out how to finance unfunded mandates and ensure services for their constituents.

The Village implemented a ¾% income tax increase over concerns with the general fund. A ¾% increase is the maximum increase that can be implemented without voter approval. Another increase the constituents absorbed was an annual sewer fee increase for a three year period. Again, the voters did not have this issue brought forth to them and instead had it implemented upon them.

I understand that these are tough decisions to be made. We should work with members of the public to explore options, weigh opportunities, and make decisions while keeping the constituents in mind and taking steps to demonstrate we are committed to sound fiscal decisions.
Current Occupation Retired
Education Graduate of Elida High School Attended Ball State University Northwestern Business College Ohio State University
Training & Experience Finance Section of the Lima Post Office Certified Income Tax Professional
The most important issue for the Village of Elida is the financial stability of the village. Council was recently informed “that our expenses are increasing much faster than our revenue”.

There are four ways to address this issue. First, I have suggested that we review the budget to obtain an understanding of the perceived disparity in the growth of income vs. expenses. Second, we need to promote economic development. I have suggested that the village contact the Allen Economic Development Group for assistance in this area. Third, adopt policies that promote annexation. (I should note that I am skeptical of policies that mandate annexation, especially where current customers are concerned.) Fourth, raise income taxes. Any such raise should be submitted to the electorate for approval.

I believe a village should have an understanding of its financial needs before trying to solve any perceived problems. The participation of the electorate is essential in obtaining a proper solution.
Current Occupation Carpenter
Education Elida HS graduate Under graduate University of Toledo
I feel the most important issue facing the Village of Elida is the rising cost associated with running the village. For example, EPA mandates for the water and sewer services we provide as well as the rising cost of the water we buy from the city of Lima and rising costs of repairing aging infrastructure to name a few. I firmly believe that the Village should live within it means as we as citizens do. To address the rising costs I believe we should examine ways to “grow the village” to expand its tax base, looking at possible tax incentives to businesses to attract them to the village. logo


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