DACONO — “Growth” is the word that best sums up what’s on the minds of candidates for the Dacono City Council and mayor’s seat. And proper management of the changes the city is experiencing is what they are all pledging to do if elected.
Two seats on the city council are up for grabs. Candidates include incumbent Ronald Koger, and Charles Sigman, Tom McCune and Richard Baker.
Wade Carlson is seeking another term as mayor against challenger Larry Johnston.
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Baker, a former Dacono police chief, said one of the main reasons he’s running for office is to find a way to lower taxes — specifically by drawing more businesses to the city.
Taxes on new businesses and light industrial operations could help lower the property tax rate, he said.
“I want to lower taxes by seeking small business to help defray costs,” Baker said. “Other concerns are high water costs, lack of adequate police coverage and accountability.”
Sigman, the youngest candidate on the ballot, wants to give back to the community in which he has grown up, mostly through helping business growth and retaining the city’s sense of community.
“I see this as an opportunity to get involved in the community I have grown up in, as well as try to assist in making changes that will better the town of Dacono ,” said Sigman, 28.
Sense of community is also heavy on the mind of McCune. He said that a decade ago everyone knew each other and neighbors helped each other out, whereas now “you are lucky to know anyone in the town hall.”
McCune also wants to push hard for new businesses, support for existing businesses, new schools and a recreation center.
Koger believes the current council has been effective, and he wants to finish some of the work he has been a part of during his first term, such as repaving of streets, building a new City Hall and getting work started on a city center.
“(But) first and most important is commercial development and industrial development,” Kroger said.
The mayoral race can best be defined by Carlson’s feeling that his administration has been effective and he wants to continue work that has been started, and Johnston’s assertion that the current government is “cavalier” and change is long overdue.
Carlson, who says his work is not finished and calls his vision for Dacono “a work in progress,” wants to concentrate on economic development and making the city a more pleasant place.
“I will focus on economic development, both small and large businesses that will provide services, shopping opportunities and stable employment; create a new city center; attract schools, especially elementary; and create an environmentally pleasant city that will provide various outdoor amenities to provide residents and visitors happy and healthy pastimes,” he said.
Johnston, with more than 30 years of experience in money management, believes the current administration is fiscally irresponsible and doesn’t listen to the residents.
“I am not a political animal, but I deeply believe that a change in administration is long overdue,” he said. “Chief among these reasons is the cavalier attitude taken by the current administration toward the people left to experience the town’s inability to effectively manage.”
If elected, Johnston said he plans to adopt a smart growth policy instead of what he calls the current “no growth” attitude, diversifying the tax base and enforcing existing codes instead of adopting new, ineffective ones.
Mike Hagan can be reached at 303-684-5228 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.