Why am I running?
Erie has numerous problems that need addressed now -
crime, taxes, jobs, population dropping, companies leaving,
crumbling infrastructure, lack of community college, poverty, paving, plowing, and more.
Why am I the best candidate?
I have the political will to get the job done.
Plus I have the management experience, education, experience, and drive to do the job.
Why does Erie need a mayor with fresh ideas and no political baggage?
Read this 2016 Erie City Budget and see how your hard earned tax dollars are being spent....
Crime continues to grow and forces residents to move from city limits.
The business climate is dismal and the population continues to fall, now below 100,000 people.
City employees don't have job descriptions nor do they get yearly performance reivews.
The PILOT programs with non-profits will bring in less in 2016 than it did in 2012. WHY?
We run our own print shop that costs over $140,000 per year.
We sell old tax liens to an ex-finance director for $.50 on the dollar. He collects millions that should go to the city.
We had to re-hire the retired City Clerk to computerize the department he previously ran for 40 years.
Pension funds under-funded more than $71 million and it's getting worse every day.
We spend more than $5,000 per day on OVERTIME alone for police and fire departments.
$5,000 per day.
This city is not being managed, and the operations are not a priority of current administration nor council.
Taxes are raised with zero concern for tax payers and the money is being spent poorly.
And we continue to make decisions that will stifle growth and raise taxes in the coming DECADES.
Taxpayers in the year 2030 will STILL BE PAYING for paving done in 2015.
That fact alone makes this upcoming 2017 election the most important mayoral and council election in past 40 years.
The City of Erie
more than $127 million dollars being spent to run this city in one year - have you read this document?
every taxable property in Erie saw taxes raised 7% to cover the ever expanding costs associated with running this city
Bosworth Economic report from 2001
This report gets referred to a lot, but nothing has really been done since it was published/paid for 15 years ago.
Emerge2040 Strategic Plan
The $1.8 million dollar Destination Erie Regional Plan has been named Emerge 2040: A Focused Partnership for the Erie Region’s Future.
City of Erie's Five Year Consolidated Plan (2010-2014) and Annual Plan for FY2010
Nice report but where is the "PLAN" and strategy/tactics to accomplish something?
Performing Cities 2014" written/published by the Milken Institute
this report list Erie as having 2nd worse drop of any large US city - this one got folks upset at the title but not the underlying data?
The Path Forward: A Statement on the Future of our Region by the Leaders of Erie's Universities
The Path Forward Chapter II
written by elected leaders in Erie County as planning tool for future growth in Erie region
- Erie Redevelopment Authority long range plan 2007 - 2014
Downtown Erie Master Plan for development/redevelopment - published 2007
Map of downtown Erie with planned developments - very detailed/interesting - 2007
Okay Jon, what should be done? What do you plan to do about it?
We must tackle the ever rising tax issue NOW and bring local government spending under control IMMEDIATELY. Right-size the work force and outsource some key functions where cost savings make sense. We currently outsource 75% of all paving and most mowing in summer yet do some in-house. Why? The best provider gets all the work.
Use Berkheimer to collect real estate taxes just like they collect Earned Income Taxes for the city, they already have an office in City hall.
Implement 100% city-wide LERTA immediately. We need new buildings and we need residents to make improvements to their current homes/businesses.
We need more police on our streets. We need to give them the newest technology. Use drone technology for surveillance and to deter crime. We need an east side sub-station with an emphasis on community policing whereby foot, bike and car patrols meet neighbors, talk to residents and become seen as being part of the community.
Immediately purchase a paving re-heat machine so we can pave more streets each year for same $$$. Lease/rent to surrounding municipalities when not in use to make money on our investment.
We must offer entrepreneurs help through grants, loans and a FREE spot in an incubator/accelerator to launch & grow their businesses. Use the empty Burton School on Buffalo Road and house 20+ new startups. Conduct a business plan competition yearly and fund the best ideas.
We need to find the BEST, most talented, experienced and engaged non-political volunteers to sit on our boards and authorities. With term limits.
We need to immediately start vetting investment firms to provide services for the pension funds. Start with 12 firms, all get equal $$, after 1 year the top 6 get double shares. The next year the top 3 firms split all the $$$. Constant vigilance to ensure that we make good returns, as the pension funds are calculated to get 7% compund returns annually.
We must start purchasing MORE from local TAX PAYING companies that employ Erie residents and make Erie strong. No more driving a city truck with 2 workers in it to Lowes in Summit or Millcreek to purchase lumber and nails. Can we bundle purchases with Erie County and Millcreek? Also, we should utilize reverse auctions where possible for more savings: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/174799
ALL new city employees must reside within city limits. NO exceptions. All department heads must reside in the city as well.
All department heads would need to re-apply for their jobs. All management jobs will be posted and advetisised to attract the best and brightest Erie applicants.
We need computerized time keeping methods for all city employees, job descriptions for every position and yearly performance reviews. Institute swipe cards or electronic log-ins like those used by Erie County workers to track time/attendance. Payroll becomes easy to run once computerized.
I am asking for your support and your vote in 2017.
Let's elect new leaders with new ideas and new energy. Without ties to outdated ways and without favors owed to anyone.
Elect leaders that will listen to the taxpayers and make smart decisions. Bold decisions. And in many cases, TOUGH decisions.
Let's make Erie better. Together.
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