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    Jermaine Wilson

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What is the biggest issue your city faces and how will you address it.

What needs more funding to adequately meet the needs of our city? How will you pay for it?

What is your position on tax increment finance and other incentives to attract businesses?

What will you do to reduce crime in the city

What will you do to ensure there is affordable housing in the city, even for our low-income residents?

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Personal Biography K-State Graduate; Masters Degree-Webster University; US Army veteran; 8 years on Leavenworth USD 453 School Board--3 as President; Served on Leavenworth City Commission since 2009 with 3 terms as Mayor; Worked in management positions with Johnson&Johnson and Hallmark Cards; Founded Mark 8 Global Source in 2003; Married to Joanne Preisinger for 46 years, 2 children and 3 granddaughters.
Campaign Phone (913) 775-2822
Campaign Email markpreisinger@yahoo.com
Education Graduate-Leavenworth High School; B.S.-Kansas State University; M.A. Webster University
Community/Public Service Leavenworth Lions Club; School Board Member-Leavenworth USD 453; 1997-2005; City Commissioner--2009-present; Mayor, 2011-2012; 2014-2015; 2018-2019
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telephone 913-775-2822
Being the oldest city in Kansas our infrastructure is always a challenging issue. In the last 4 years we became one of the last cities of the first class to adopt a stormwater maintenance fee of $7/month for residents. This raises about $1.3 million per year which we are able to dedicate 100% to myriad stormwater issue in Leavenworth. I am committed to keeping the ad valorem mill levy flat and encourage and entice businesses to come and stay in Leavenworth. The sales tax gained from these retail businesses is one of our greatest revenue streams. Retail sales tax is a key contributor to maintaining a flat mill levy for property owners.
The City of Leavenworth is adequately funded with sales tax, property tax, franchise fees, etc. Proper stewardship of these funds is key to enticing more people to live, work, invest and raise a family in Leavenworth.
TIF's are an important tool to be used judiciously to attract new businesses to Leavenworth. They are best used to replace blighted/abandoned areas with new thriving businesses which will generate income to the City as well as offer conveniences, purchasing options and jobs to local residents.

TIF's should only be used to rehab a blighted area or to incent a business or a major employer to start or improve their existing business. There are metrics we use to insure the investment the City makes will pay dividends to the city's coffers in the long run.
I will never reduce the services for fire and police protection in Leavenworth. Senate Bill 13 which requires a public hearing if we exceed the revenue neutral rate from the previous year is almost farcical in its underlying intent. In order for Leavenworth (and many other cities in Kansas) to maintain a revenue neutral rate, it would require major cuts in personnel; 67% of which are police and fire employees. So the only way to achieve "revenue neutral" is to defund the police and fire--something I will not vote to do.

Crime is an issue in all cities, not just Leavenworth. In addition to proper police protection, adequate police staffing and citizen participation in community awareness there is a need for more mental health treatment in our city as well as the state. Lack of proper mental health treatment releases some habitual people back into the community destined to repeat their crimes and/or increase the seriousness of their offense(s).
We have a very active affordable housing department and coordinator on City staff. Our coordinator maintains an inventory of Section 8 vouchers as well as VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) vouchers. We also have a full time staffed position for our Landlord-Tenant Resolution Program. Both of these departments/positions work closely with landlords and tenants who offer or seek affordable housing.

In addition, we have a 105 unit apartment complex (Planters II) all designated for low income housing where tenants pay a maximum of 30% of their gross monthly income in rent.
Personal Biography My name is Jermaine Wilson, I am a Leavenworth, Kansas native and a family man with a beautiful wife and 5 loving children. I am an Ordained Minister and Founder of Unity in the Community Movement. Years of serving my community through my organization empowered me to become a City Commissioner and Mayor of Leavenworth Kansas. Serving is something I do because I love and care for the people that live in my community. Love, peace and equality for all mankind is what I strive for every day.
Campaign Address P.O. Box 144
Campaign Phone (913) 617-3667
Campaign Email votejwilson@gmail.com
Education High School Diploma
Community/Public Service Served as the Mayor of Leavenworth for 1 year and Leavenworth City Commission for 3 years. Volunteer at the Leavenworth Mission since 2016. Established a Non-Profit Unity in the Community in 2015. Volunteer at the Shelter of Hope since 2014.
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telephone 913-617-3667
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Recovering from the COVID challenges continues to be a major challenge. More so than the economic impact, the division in the hearts of our citizens is one of the biggest issues facing our city. I continue to push for unity in our community.
Before I joined the commission, two of the biggest complaints was around roads and lack of programming for youth. Over the last few years, as a commissioner I have helped prioritize road improvement and updating ancient water management infrastructure. City revenues have been steady with increasing property values that should give adequate budget for the city needs. Funding for youth programs could come from the general fund. It could also potentially come from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This includes eligibility for healthy environments for children, including education and social skills programs.
My community has good incentives for business. Downtown, there is a historic district which the city has been active in trying to incentivize business. We have an active award winning Main Street organization, an active Chamber of Commerce, an economic development arrangement with the county and other programs that help with financing.
I believe if we provide a good education for our kids, we help position our returning citizens with the tools to be successful as they come out of prison, and we properly prioritize police relationships with the community, we can help drive crime down.

Nearly half the population of Leavenworth live in rentals, and of these many are low-income. During my time on the commission, I helped put in place a rental coordinator position that mediates situations between renters and landlords. We applied successfully for grants that are now used to help subsidize rentals for low-income residents.