Name: C. David Tiedemann
Immediate family members: My wife Lisa, 2 children & their spouses: Amanda and Gary Suomela, Daniel and Angie Tiedemann
Occupation: Grain Farmer
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Office sought: County Board seat for District 19
Party affiliation: Republican
Previous elected positions and years served: County Board, 18 years, Shiloh Valley Township Supervisor, 17 years
Why are you running?: I am running for the county board because there are many issues that the will impact the taxes you pay. I will continue to ask questions and vote to save tax dollars. We do not need another rubber stamp vote on the county board.
What is the biggest issue facing St. Clair County, and how should elected officials and county staff approach it?: The major issue: Property Taxes. During the Chairman’s tenure, the county reserves have fallen by $70 million; Spending on the airport is unchecked; Failure to get the NGA to relocate in the County; the county’s EAV has not risen. All points to major tax increases
What are your views on MidAmerica Airport, and how should the county handle the future of the airport?: After almost 20 years, Mid America Airport is a Monetary Failure. Let’s say the airport helped keep SAFB open but an annual operating loss of millions of Tax dollars does nothing to keep SAFB from closure. The expected Aeronautical operating revenue for 2016 is less than $750,000, the Expected Total Expenditures is $3,681,215. For losing millions the Airport director keeps getting a $20,000 bonus. Passenger revenue will NEVER raise enough to erase the millions in operating losses. For record Boeing and North Bay accounts for $599,766 of the $750,000 in Aeronautical Revenue neither is dependent on the runway. Boeing was to be a draw for other business which has not happened. The only airline at Mid America is buying Europe’s Airbus, not Boeing Aircraft. There is no plan or timetable for the airport to break even. The Public Building Commission will just keep spending your Tax dollars.
What improvements do you want to see in how the county is run?: The airport is run by The Public Building Commission which is made up of appointees who have no accountability to the tax payers. Democrat Frank X Heiligenstein and I have tried the get more control of the runaway spending at Mid America by having the County Board approve their spending and have the Airport director give a report to the full board. Frank X and I also tried to reduce the number of county board members to 21 from 29 and reduce the number of voting precincts. All in an effort to save Tax dollars.
Do you plan to serve the full term of office?: Yes I will
Why should people vote for you?: I am fiscally responsible and accessible to the citizens of my District. I hate paying taxes but I hate wasted Tax money more. I pledge I will vote against any spending that is wasteful. For the record I cannot remember the last time I voted for the County Budget. I need your vote to help keep Chairman Kern in check.