Candidate Milton City Council District 1 At-Large
Our first home was in a small community outside of Atlanta. It consisted of quaint buildings with a cozy restaurant, antique and specialty shops in historic buildings and shopping and schools within easy driving distance. The neighborhoods were tastefully designed, with scenic roads winding through wooded areas. The homes reflected a middle class, family-oriented community.
Follow the existing Milton community plans and ordinances that control development where needed while retaining the rural character. The current Majority, including my opponent, consistently votes to ignore the community plans and ordinances by granting variances to developers.
Attract desirable businesses to fill the 1,000,000 square feet of empty commercial space in Milton, rather than building additional commercial projects to "generate tax revenue" as promoted by my opponent. Empty commercial space consumes rather than generates City revenue. The new businesses will generate tax income IF the businesses offer products and services that Milton citizens actually want. The current majority, including my opponent, could not care less about what we want. Instead, their focus is on revenue generation for the City regardless of negative impact on our citizens.
Expand Parks and Recreation Areas: While the economy has reduced tax revenue, it has a positive side of reducing demand for property. Landowners are more amenable to selling their properties at an affordable price and under innovative terms of payment that are affordable for Milton. New properties so acquired offer parks and recreation areas for the community to enjoy. New recreation areas not only generate income to the city, they also attract visitors who will patronize events and spend money in the properly developed commercial areas. They provide Milton citizens with sports programs that are unavailable now.
Promote Equestrian activities: These attract large numbers of affluent visitors who will generate significant income for the City. Milton can "partner" with surrounding communities such as Roswell and Alpharetta to promote Equestrian activity. Empty commercial areas can attract businesses that attract customers attending equestrian activities.
Ensure that Milton City Government is small, efficient, and responsive to its citizens. Tight "line item" budgets with accountability, possibly outsourcing services under strict contractual guidelines (missing up until now), and limiting services to those appropriate for rural areas, and the urban Highway 9 area, respectively.
I am not alone in my conviction that Milton can thrive as promised. A recent state-commissioned report stated that the Milton reflected in existing Community Plans is entirely viable if services are well provided but limited to what is actually needed. These include Police, Fire, 911, road maintenance and parks and recreation areas.
Finally, we need to recognize who is and who is not promoting the Milton we were promised. My opponent's contributors and supporters reveal her close association with the development community. This qualifies her as a "Trojan Horse" who promises a rural Milton paid for by high density development by consistently voting for zoning variances and sewer extensions.
We want development strictly controlled by community plans and ordinances to reflect the Citizens' wishes, rather than destructive, uncontrolled development such as most of us have witnessed.
Candidate for Milton City Council
District 1, At-large
1000 Lackey Road
Milton, GA 30004
Demand the Milton We Were Promised
Please elect Bernard Wolff, on November 3rd.
Courtesy Paid for by the Bernard W. Wolff Election Committee