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Steven Mihalcik for Amherst Council

Steven Mihalcik for Amherst Council

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Published by The Morning Journal
Election questionnaire for Amherst Council candidate Steven Mihalcik
Election questionnaire for Amherst Council candidate Steven Mihalcik

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Published by: The Morning Journal on Oct 14, 2013
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The one area of most concern to all citizens of the City of Amherst like mostcommunities is taxes and if they are being handled efficiently. The ongoing lack of support with subsidizes from State and Federal sources continue to fall way short. TheCity of Amherst budget is holding its own staying in the black with continued andconscientious work from the Administration and Council. Ongoing diligence needs tocontinue for we are still in tough economic times in my opinion and to raise any type of tax or fee to aid the city coffers is inappropriate without very very sound arguments’.The second area of concern in the City of Amherst is to go through our CodifiedOrdinances, particularly those concerning land usage and zoning. Amherst wasestablished in 1811 and since then there are many outdated statutes that have passedtime of usefulness that need addressed. With permanent staff in place now at theBuilding Department, their recommendation’s to Council concerning such items as Inner Urban Care of Non-Typical Animals to Home Business all need carefulreconsiderations’. A third item of concern to many is the City of Amherst’s identity. “The Sandstone Centeof the World” this term was coined in 1910 by businessman O.H.Baker and has stuckever since. Various types of signage have been in place by City Hall proclaiming thismoniker for many decades but had been removed for renovation of City Hall grounds afew years back, currently in place on the grounds a State of Ohio marker andSandstone Monument. A civic-minded group “Save Our Sign” has been pursuing thereturn of a sign to the same location as communicability historical. This Identity needslocation somewhere within the City of Amherst, compromise all. A fourth item I would like to address as I’ve been canvassing the city is tenantscriticizing their landlords as to not allowing political yard signage. Also a Homeowners Association having the same in their deed restrictions. This is nothing but putting amuzzle on Free Speech not allowing individualism.I should be re-elected because I bring straightforward talk and straightforward facts tothe table, being knowledgeable and experienced with merely good sense and down toearth thinking in hard decision making. Keeping the city fiscally accountable andservices maintained are responsibilities not just goals. I will continue in making the Cityof Amherst a great place to live for all our good people, good schools and goodbusinesses with continued good and better government.

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