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Delta Chrt Twp Supervisor, 4-Year Term

Delta Charter Twp Supervisor, 4-Year Term, vote for 1

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    Kenneth R. Fletcher
    (Dem)

  • Joseph A. Spadafore
    (Rep)

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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 Ionia, MI
Education BA, James Madison College at Michigan State University
Family Married for 15 years to my wife Tammy and we have 3 active children who attend Grand Ledge Public Schools
Professional Experience Over 25 years of public policy advocacy focusing on clean air, health care and workplace issues.
Political Experience Delta Township Supervisor for 8 years. Chair, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Board of Directors for Lansing Economic Area Partnership. Board of Directors for Greater Lansing Clean Cities.
I have served as Delta Township Supervisor for 8 years now and I'm proud of all that has been accomplished during that time period. We've balanced 8 budgets in a row during the worst recession since the Great Depression, all while maintaining a AAA bond rating for the township.

We've made the township safer and more pedestrian friendly by adopting a "Complete Streets" ordinance and by building the popular East-West pathway, the Creyts Road pathway, and miles of sidewalks and bikelanes.

We've created a business friendly environment that has attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in new business investment, creating several thousand new jobs in the township.
The poor quality of our roads is the first thing that you notice when you cross the state line into Michigan. The residents of Eaton County voted for a local road millage in 2014. That will fix our local neighborhood roads over the next decade. I do support additional taxes at the state level to repair the primary roads and highways. The roads package that was enacted last year by the legislature was inadequate to get the job done. We also need to invest more in public transit options so people can choose not to drive.
I have been a leader in regional collaboration efforts to improve the delivery of vital services, but at a cost that the taxpayers can afford. We collaborate with the City of Grand Ledge and Delhi Township on Assessing. We share fire services with Eagle and Watertown Townships. We contract with the Eaton County Sheriff for police services. We also partner with the Eaton County Clerk and Treasurer's offices to offer their services at the Delta Township Building. Residents no longer have to drive to Charlotte to get a file a deed, get a marriage license or to pay their taxes. We are always looking for new ways to partner with our regional neighbors to improve services for our residents.
I would make township offices non-partisan. At the local level, we just work to solve problems for our residents. We don't get caught up in the partisan bickering that dominates Lansing and Washington. Partisan labels are not that important at our level of government.
We need to continue to revitalize the Saginaw Commercial Corridor in our township. That corridor serves as our "Main Street" and we need to encourage the redevelopment of the older properties throughout the corridor - but especially on the Eastern end of the corridor.

We need to continue to protect our existing neighborhoods and advocate for smart growth so that we don't just continue urban sprawl to the west while we allow the neighborhoods in the eastern portion of the township to deteriorate.

We need to expand our recreation options so that we can continue to attract new families into our township. Delta has one of the best Parks and recreation systems in the region.
Yes, as long as they have the funding stream needed to provide the services. You can't just pass the services on to the county and tell them that they are now responsible but they are not getting any new revenue.

Delta has long contracted with the Eaton County Sheriff for police protection. This is a far less costly option that creating our own separate police force. We also work with the Clerk, Treasurer and Court Magistrate to offer those services in Delta to keep residents from having to drive to Charlotte.

All levels of government should work together to see what can be done to share more services.
Police, fire, roads, water, and sewer are the vital services that must be provided by government. Delta is known for our outstanding public safety services. We also have some of the lowest water and sewer rates in the region. Keeping these vital services strong is my top priority.
We are always looking for new ways to provide services at a lower cost. Our track record on shared services with our neighboring communities is proof of that dedication to providing the most efficient and cost effective government possible.
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