The councilman from Ward 6 is either confused or not telling the truth.
“Most of the city streets and roads in Ward 6 have been paved. The city has invested $2.25 million dollars in street paving in Ward 6 alone. While there is still more work to be done, we have made great progress in this area. All this has been done without an increase in tax millage.” -The Councilman Gavin in the Commercial Dispatch’s 2017 Voter Guide
Actually, during the councilman’s time in office, the millage rate has gone up seven times—about a 40 percent increase since the time he took office. Why would we keep someone in office who either doesn’t know he raised the millage rate or is deceiving voters? The on-the-job training of this regime is disappointing.
Crime rates have been on the rise, but for at least the past four years, the council refuses to give our first responders a pay raise. The city has budgeted for 64 officers, but only has 58. When the councilman took office, the city had 75 officers.
The good news is this year, you have a choice. Jacqueline DiCicco is running for Ward 6. Election Day is April 6, and the winner of the primary is the next councilperson. There is no general election for this race. This is a now or never kind of moment.
Jacqueline DiCicco will serve with the same dedication, focus, and work ethic she’s practiced throughout her life. She will bring energy, enthusiasm, and an exchange of ideas to the council meetings—something that’s not happening now. With DiCicco we will have better roads, safer neighborhoods, and transparency in City Hall.
DiCicco won’t over-promise and under-deliver.
In a 2013 candidate forum, the current councilman showed a detailed map of his “overlay plan,” for improvements to Hwy. 45 that included underground power lines, more landscaping, and sidewalks. Eight years later, we’re still waiting. And we haven’t heard anything.
Jacqueline DiCicco will listen to and interact with the Ward 6 constituents.
We urge you to volunteer in DiCicco’s campaign and support her financially. Most importantly, we urge you to vote for Jacqueline DiCicco Tuesday, April 6.
Leslie Sorrell, Columbus