10 Reasons to Vote for Troy Patton for Westfield City Council at Large on May 7th or before:
Financial Clarity - Westfield City Council needs a CPA to request and analyze the financial constraints of the City. The current process is broken. It really does not matter if a project like Grand Junction were to cost $1 million or $100 million, we as taxpayers would like to see a return on our investment and the council needs detailed financial information prior to making a decision to approve or not.
No outside business interests should dictate the vision of Westfield. End of the pay to play developments where they pay a City Councilor $1000 or other amount if they get their development passed. They currently will contribute to some candidates once it is approved. Ft. Wayne made this illegal and Westfield should follow suit.
Controlled Growth – we need to update the developments that are already approved. We likely have over 10,000 homes in development. There is no sunset provision on these developments and we need to enact one so we can control the growth of residential head count so we do not burden the school's resources unexpectedly.
Update the Comprehensive Plan which has not been done in over 10 years. If you don’t know where you are going, you will surely get lost. The Council represents the taxpayers, not special interests. It is the taxpayer’s right to know and understand what is occurring.
Put in replacement funds for large projects like Grand Junction. There are a large amount of depreciating assets. They will look tired and in need of replacement in the next 20 years or so. If we do not create a replacement fund, the taxpayers will be on the hook again for another bond issue to replace the projects initial assets. This should be done up front and if the money is not there to do so, then it is not a good project at that time. This should be done before embarking on any future projects to make Westfield a “destination place.”
I will help the City work with the schools and not in competition with them for money. This will make the current referendum obsolete when it expires and a new one will not be needed. We can lower the taxes for all homeowners of Westfield.
Work to end TIF districts. The Independent Study by Ball State University says they are not working and just costing cities and schools and taxpayers in the short run and long run.
Support for Mental and Physical Health. Many on the Council talk about mental and physical health. Their actions do not support them, but we spent over $500,000 for art and elective signs. We are taking over $4 million from the schools each year that could help with security, mental and physical health.
Better checks and Balances. We have been written up by the State of Indiana because we do not have the correct checks and balances and processes and procedures. One of our councilman at large had his name on a $30 million dollar account for the city which is of grave concern. In addition, the Mayor is to present at least annually the financial health to the City Council and has not done so for 4 years. It is important the Council can perform due diligence on financial matters and projects are based on simple math, not optimism.
I have been a tireless advocate for kids in our community donating 1000’s of hours of time and my own money to make sure our children in the community come first. One of my projects I started still today raises over $15,000 per year for Westfield youth sports.