What you need to know about the April 2019 election
Name: Todd R. Roach
Occupation: Divisional Human Resources
Position Seeking: O’Fallon Ward 4 Alderman
Campaign website: www.facebook.com/VoteToddRoach
Why are you running and why should people vote for you? The issues before us continue to be balancing fiscal responsibility with sound judgment. As a small business owner, I know what it means to watch your expenses and to balance a budget. I believe that the foundation of any thriving community should include a smart-growth focus. With my many years of corporate management experience I know the importance of planning for long term objectives. I was born here, I grew up here, and I have had the pleasure to serve the community I love for over ten years. I believe my passion for this community combined with my management experience and years as a small business owner give me a unique perspective needed to help our city. While there are many capable candidates I believe my years of service, knowledge and experience make me the most qualified choice.
What is the most important issue facing your town? How would you approach it? The primary role of an alderman should be as an advocate for the people of their neighborhoods. There are many issues that will come before us in the next few years. They include issues of public safety, decreasing the tax burden on our citizens, improving aging infrastructure such as roads and sewers, and making smart growth decisions that improve the quality of life for everyone. Second, and alderman should be a vital and active communications link between the people and the city. Communication should always be open and honest with regular resident feedback.
Under what circumstances, if any, would you raise taxes or fees in the municipality? Please explain.It is no surprise that any city relies on taxes and other fees to fund the many essential functions of local government. While taxes may be necessary they do not need to be excessive. It is my belief that new city taxes should be voted on by the residents that would bear the burden of those taxes. Additionally, fees for city services should never be used as an additional revenue stream but should only be enough to cover the cost to provide the service.
Crime has been an issue in parts of the metro-east. What is the best way to stop the problem in and around your community? Public Safety is one of the essential functions a city provides it’s residents. It is important that we maintain the proper amount of police officers and other public safety resources to combat and prevent crime before it happens. We should continue to invest in the technology and training that equip our officers that allow them to be the most effective. However, crime in one neighborhood can and often does have ripple effects throughout the City and doesn’t stay isolated to one area, knowing this we must work to preserve all areas of our City while ensuring we maintain and provide essential services beyond just public safety.