Over the last two months, I have had the opportunity to talk with a number of you about supporting my campaign. I am not a career politician, nor am I a community organizer like my opponent. I am a husband, financial advisor and everyday citizen. Just like you, I love this community. I believe that protecting this community is our top priority and I have a plan to do just that, but I need your help. There are two questions I would like you to consider:
Why change now?
Milton is facing serious challenges my opponent helped create. Many businesses are going under while others are struggling to stay afloat. My opponent fought to deny a rezoning request for a horse farm owner in the Birmingham area. Children near Crabapple struggle to cross a busy road to get to school. Residents in Crooked Creek are fighting for safe roads in their community. And, the neighborhoods along Highway 9 are still looking for an identity and a positive feel for their area.
My opponent will deny responsibility for these issues. That is why I am running. For over fifteen years my opponent’s solution to these problems has been to say “no”. She has either actively denied progress and relief or simply failed to act.
This is unacceptable.
Right now approximately 86% of our city's annual revenue come from homeowners like you and me. Our business community is willing to take the pressure off of homeowners and contribute to our financial stability. Unfortunately, many of our small businesses have been delayed, denied and over regulated and are now desperately trying to survive. We cannot operate like this, Milton is better than that.
I believe the day can and must come when Milton welcomes businesses within our existing three commercial zones along with welcoming horses and people.
I believe we must all work together for the benefit of both residents and businesses in Milton. Rather than working with the Mayor and the City Council on solutions, my opponent resists and says “no.” Resisting for the sake of maintaining personal control is counterproductive at best.
Click here to see my platform=> http://www.mattformilton.com/platform/
There are three reasons why I hope you vote for me on or before November 8th.
First, I hope to earn your vote. My faith and my philosophy teach me that it is better to listen than to speak. I believe a team can accomplish more than an individual. As your council member I will do just what I am doing as a candidate—listen to you, our citizens.
Second, protecting our rural community is my top priority. I do not believe we should be like Alpharetta, Johns Creek or any other surrounding community. We need to be the best Milton that we can be. That means having the sufficient revenue to pay our bills. We should not wait years for and depend on county, state and federal government hand outs with strings attached to fix our horrendous traffic, roads and intersections.
Third, I understand finances. As a financial advisor, it is my job to watch the markets and successfully manage large sums of money in both good and challenging economic times. I can tell you that our current path is unsustainable. Homeowners should not carry 86% of the city's tax burdens.. I disagree with my opponent-- we cannot rely on money from Fulton County or the President to balance our books. We should not budget based on revenues we hope to get from negotiations with other governments. They are often unreliable, combative and unresponsive. We can and must be self reliant to the maximum extent possible.
Click here to contribute to my campaign=> http://www.mattformilton.com/contribute/
With this election we have the chance to protect our economic future AND secure our rural character. We need the right ideas right now. It's time to innovate and take the next steps forward as a city. It is for these reasons that I ask for your vote on November 8th or earlier by absentee ballot.
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