Delhi Township Supervisor - 4 Year Term- Vote For Not More Than 1

Delhi Township Supervisor

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  • John L Hayhoe

  • Guy L. Sweet

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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.

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Hometown Holt/Delhi Township
Education Washington and Lee University Law School (1982), Albion College (1979), Holt High School (1975)
Family Married to Susan. Two adult children: Justin and Jessica.
Professional Experience Assistant Prosecuting Attorney - 33 years
Political Experience Township Trustee (1984-1996)
I am the most qualified candidate because of my experience, my knowledge of the community, and my commitment to public service. I have been a Delhi Township resident for over 50 years and a Holt home owner for over 30 years. I served as a Township Trustee between 1984 and 1996. I was actively involved in decisions to: create the Downtown Development Authority; hire a professional Township Manager; contract with the Sheriff Department for police services; and build the Community Services Center. I also served as a member of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. I have held several leadership positions at my job, in my church, and in several community organizations.
Yes. Neighborhood street improvements should be paid for by a special assessment that is spread evenly among the property owners. Each owner should pay the same amount regardless of how much or little road frontage abuts his or her property. The County should continue to be responsible for repair or improvements of county primary roads that everyone in the community uses.
Yes. The structure of the Delhi Township government is sufficient to meet the needs of the public. I strongly support the employment of a professional, full time township manager to oversee day-to-day operations and to guide the township board in long-term planning. Delhi Township has been very fortunate to have the services of two excellent managers during the past 27 years.
One of my goals is to make the Supervisor's office more accessible to the public. I intend to hold regular office hours during which anyone who lives, works or does business in the Township can meet with me on an informal basis and share their concerns or ideas. In addition, I will make myself available to community organizations who want to learn about township government or to discuss local issues.
The three most important issues are: determining the future of the Cedar Street corridor; promoting non-motorized transportation options; and ensuring that the township has continued leadership. The first two issues are being studied by consultants. I will work closely with them to arrive at decisions that improve the quality of life in the township. The third issue involves the position of Township Manager. I anticipate that our current manager will retire during the next four years. As a former township trustee I was actively involved in the search and hiring process for both of our managers. This experience will greatly assist the board of trustees as we move forward.
No. The Township and County are largely supported by property tax revenue. The foreclosure crisis that began in 2008 adversely affected both of these units of government. Both of them were forced to do more with less. The most important service that the County provides to the Township is police protection that is paid for by the Township. This is less expensive than operating a stand-alone township police department. I support mutual aid agreements that allow local governments to pool resources to address common challenges such as fire fighting.
Police and fire protection are obviously important to the citizens of the township. I strongly support the existing arrangement with the Sheriff Department because it has been a "win-win" for both parties. I also believe that code enforcement is important because it ensures that the township is a place where people desire to live and do business. My experience has been that written rules regarding blight, signage, noise, etc attract, rather than repel, new businesses. But effective code enforcement requires a regular review and revision of ordinances to keep up with changes in the community.
Township residents have voted to pay additional property taxes to support non-essential services such as parks, the library, and the Potter Park Zoo. These services should be reduced or eliminated only if the millage(s) that support them fail.
Yes. I do not owe any alimony or child support because I am still married to my first - and only - wife. We celebrated our 24th anniversary in June. And both of my children are young adults. My son attends Lansing Community College and my daughter is a sophomore at Grand Valley State University. I have always paid my property and income taxes in full and on time. This includes personal taxes and taxes on a vacation rental property that is owned by a limited liability corporation.