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Roeland Park Council Ward 4

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    Michael Poppa
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Personal Biography Michael Poppa became the Executive Director of Mainstream Coalition after serving as Council President for the City of Roeland Park, and working for the NEJC Chamber as Member Engagement Director. In 2014, as Chair of the Equality Kansas Metro KC he spearheaded a grassroots effort that led to passage of the first LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Johnson County. In 2015, he was was elected to the Roeland Park City Council as the first openly gay elected city official in the county.
Campaign Address 4400 W 55th ST
Campaign Phone (913) 214-2875
Campaign Email vote@michaelpoppa.com
Campaign Web Site http://michaelpoppa.com
Community/Public Service Member, Roeland Park Racial Equity Committee, 2020-present Member, Roeland Park Arts Committee, 2020-present Board Member, The Barn Players Community Theatre, 2018-present Board Member, Suicide Awareness Survivor Support, 2016-present Advisory Committee Member, Climate Action KC, 2018-2020 Council Member/President, City of Roeland Park, 2015-2019 Metro KC Chair, Equality Kansas, 2014-2015
Roeland Parkers enjoy high quality amenities and city services for our local tax dollars, including safe neighborhoods, clean and well-maintained community gathering spaces, a vibrant public art program, and curbside leaf pickup. During my first term we were able to enhance the quality of life for Roeland Parkers by strategically investing in critical infrastructure, parks, the aquatic center, and more while maintaining a balanced budget and strong financial position, without increasing the mill levy.

The three initiatives to moving Roeland Park forward are commercial development opportunities, maintaining critical infrastructure, and further enhancing public spaces and city services. I will continue working to ensure that current and future generations of Roeland Parkers enjoy a safe and thriving community with a stable economy, sound infrastructure, and quality amenities.
I am proud of what we achieved during my first term on the Roeland Park City Council. Having already served on city council I understand the role and appreciate the inherent responsibility of the position. I value and encourage feedback from our residents and businesses, and will continue to engage the community in the decision making process. In my next term, I look forward to deepening relationships and working together to keep our city moving forward.

I am seeking another term to build on the progress we made during my first four years on City Council and beyond, including upgrades to parks and community amenities, critical infrastructure improvements, increased resident participation, and attraction of new businesses to diversify our tax base.
As a member of the LGBTQ community and volunteer on the Roeland Park Racial Equity Committee, I am committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our community. Roeland Park is known to be a welcoming city. I will continue to ensure we live up to that title and stand for a future of equity and inclusion by working with community members to incorporate diverse voices in the city's decision making processes.
The city does not assess property values, that is the responsibility of the county. The city must continue to take on what we can control: decreasing the tax burden on our residents. Some specific actions we can take are to focus on redevelopment of underutilized areas and expand city services such as the property tax relief program and Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative.
I believe the city and the state government should work in partnership to meet the needs of our residents. I believe strongly in the Home Rule Amendment to the Kansas Constitution, allowing local governments the authority to make decisions for their community, particularly as it relates to local tax and revenue decisions. https://www.lkm.org/page/Home_Rule
The City has a critical role in economic development and investment in our community. While Chair of the Development Committee during my first term, we worked to foster public-private partnerships to create an environment where both residents and businesses thrive. During my next term on City Council, I will continue to create economic development opportunities that help to decrease the residential tax burden.