Watertown Township Supervisor, 4-year term

Watertown Township Supervisor, 4-year term, vote for 1

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    John E. Maahs

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Biographical Information

What makes you more qualified than other candidates for this office?

Do you support raising taxes as a way to pay for road improvements? Yes or no, please explain.

Are you comfortable with the structure and scope of local government? Yes or no, please explain.

Related to government structure, what would you change?

What are the three most important issues facing the city/township and how would you address them?

As property tax revenue and state aid decline, is it appropriate for the county to assume a larger role in providing services to city/township residents? Yes or no, please explain.

What city services do you consider most vital?

What city/township services are least vital and can be trimmed to lower expenses?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? Yes or no. If no, please explain.

Hometown Dewitt, MI
Education Bachelors Degree, Landscape Architecture
Family Wife, Edythe Hulbert
Professional Experience Self Employed Builder 40+ yrs Farmer 30 + yrs
Political Experience The past 4 years as township supervisor, 8 years on the township board as a trustee, and many years on the planning commission, solid waste council and other township committees.
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I have served successfully as the township supervisor for the past four years. I was a township trustee for eight years prior and I have served on the township planning commission for many years. In addition to serving as an elected official, I am a member of the Wacousta Lions Club, Wacousta/Dewitt Masonic Lodge, Knights of Columbus, and I am an usher at St Mary Cathedral. I am in constant contact with my constituency discussing directly with them the issues of the township.
Watertown Township has an active maintenance program when it comes to roads. The township pays directly out of the general fund for all local road maintenance and the township residents pay no additional taxes for road improvements. There is no need to raise taxes in Watertown Township for road maintenance.
I find that Watertown Township has the most efficient form of government. I have direct access to township residents which gives me the ability to work with the township board to address issues quicker than most forms of government. I encourage residents to participate. I am very satisfied with the structure of government in Watertown Township.
I would make local government non-partisan offices. We should be promoting unity over division. There is no place for a partisan political agenda when it comes to fixing roads or fire service.
1.) The Headlee amendment. The recent recession has led to a drastic decline in property values. While property values have started to rebound, Headlee triggers a millage rollback for growth even though values haven't reached their prior high levels. This will be a significant issue as the cost for basic services continues to increase. This amendment needs to be updated.

2.) The poor condition of county and state roads. The poor road conditions affect economic development, wear and tear on firetrucks and equipment, and affects safety for all residents. The state needs to work on fixing roads.

3.) Maintaining the rural character of the community as we face development pressure.
No, I don't believe any form of government operates more efficiently than the township. If anything, more aid should go to townships to provide improved services to its residents.
Fire service, sewer service, administration, including road maintenance, economic development, planning, zoning, and building services, park and cemetery operations.
The township cut the least vital services at the beginning of the economic downturn many years ago. There are no non-vital services.
I have been with my lovely wife, Edie, for more than 40 years and I pay my taxes on time.