Monday, November 07, 2011
Vote against politics as usual...Re-elect Alan Tart on Tuesday.
Courtesy Friends of Alan Tart
I hope you and your family have had an enjoyable weekend.
By now, you have undoubtedly received multiple political flyers, numerous robocalls and polls from my opponent's campaign, and several emails from both of us.
It has been said that democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. With this mind, I have endeavored to provide you with the facts as I know them to be, based on four years of experience on the council and my intimate knowledge of the issues at hand. Nothing more, nothing less.
I have remained positive and have taken the high road despite my opponent’s campaign of misinformation, mischaracterizations, and personal digs. Of course, it's understandable that his campaign must resort to these kinds of tactics because he is unable to attack my performance on the council, my proven track record of accomplishments, or the fact I have fulfilled every campaign promise I made four years ago.
My campaign continues to be marked with proactive messages that clearly outline my qualifications, my accomplishments during my first term, and my commitment to you on the things that will accomplished during my second term.
In the interest of making sure you have factual information to assist in your decision making process, I do need to point out a few facts that distinguish me from my opponent. I also urge you to do your own research before going to the polls.
Even after our city manager clearly expressed that statements by my opponent and others claiming that our finances are "not sustainable" were simply not true, my opponent continues to beat that same old drum. I suppose this is a desperate attempt to appeal to your justified fears and uncertainties about the U.S. economy. My opponent's hired political consultant undoubtedly realizes that this strategy is being successfully employed in a number of local elections across the country. Fortunately for us, Milton cannot be compared to other cities or the country, for that matter, in terms of our financial condition. Our citizens are also extremely intelligent and are not as easily duped by typical political bandwagon appeals that work other places. I am hopeful that our citizens will not fall for this trick.
The fact of the matter is that my decisions have made Milton financially strong, sustainable, and virtually debt free (completely debt free, as a matter of fact, as of Jan 12). A new city, with all of the start up costs a new city would be expected to have, that is debt free, and has $7.8 million in reserves during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression? YES, THAT'S MILTON.
It is obvious from a review of my opponent's campaign contribution disclosure reports and the enormous amount of money he has spent on his campaign (almost $10,000 in consultant fees alone) that he is being funded by developers and large landowners in the Highway 9 and Crabapple areas. This, coupled by the fact that my opponent accepted a campaign contribution from the developer of the gas station being constructed at the corner of Highway 9 and Bethany Bend after being the only citizen to speak in favor of the application, calls into question whether he will be unbiased, balanced, and willing to consider your needs in his decision making process.
In contrast, I do not accept money from developers and other companies wishing to do business with the city. Unlike my opponent who works for WK Dickson, a company that specializes in infrastructure projects and urban development, I do not work for a company that could benefit financially by my being on the council. I also have a proven record of being unbiased, fair, and balanced in my decision making process. This is a fact.
Milton's citizens are among the most educated people in the country; thus, I trust you will do your own research before going to the polls on Tuesday. When you do, I feel confident you will come to the conclusion that -
a) I have nothing to gain from being re-elected other than the privilege of representing your interests for another four years and ensuring your vision for our city is realized, and
b) It just makes good sense to re-elect someone who has a proven track record of doing everything he says he'll do versus an unknown with questionable motives.
Thus, if in the next four years you want Milton to have -
- An award winning parks system,
- Improvements to our roads and most dangerous intersections (which are already in progress and being funded - see http://miltonintersectionprojects.com),
- Fully staffed, equipped, and trained police and fire departments, and
- A lean, fiscally conservative, financially viable government,
all while preserving our rural, equestrian character and uniqueness, then please re-elect me, Alan Tart, to the city council on Tuesday, Nov 8th.
With gratitude for allowing me to serve you these past four years,
To contribute to my campaign, please visit my website at http://alantart4milton.com .
Posted by Accessmilton Admin at Monday, November 07, 2011