Ray Harmon, candidate for the Milwaukee Common Council in District 9, released the final part of his Vision for Change for Northwest Milwaukee: Fiscal Responsibility.
“Along with my plans for economic development, job growth, and improvement in the quality of life, my vision for fiscal responsibility is crucial for the future success of District 9,” Harmon said.
“Of primary concern, I would propose giving taxpayers first hand knowledge of the city budget making process by developing an online taxpayer ‘Build-A-Budget’ website. This initiative will allow for a more transparent and interactive city budget making process, and can be a useful tool in achieving fiscal responsibility.”
“My plans for fiscal responsibility also include issues that are important to my constituents in District 9,” continued Harmon. “I will work to protect city workers and services, as well as hold the line on property taxes, which steadily increased over the past decade.”
“Alderman Puente voted to increase the property tax rate every year in office while also overseeing taxpayer outstanding debt grow by 15% during his tenure. Constituents in the 9th District feel they have been short changed, and feel little bang for their taxpayer bucks, with an overall lack of improvements in quality of life and programs to spur economic development. As the next Alderperson of the 9th District, I will be fighting to bring resources back to the Northwest side of Milwaukee.”
“As alderperson for District 9, I will work to find creative solutions to Milwaukee’s debt obligations, while also protecting the fiscal concerns of my constituents. With a more transparent and interactive budget development process, the Milwaukee Common Council can more effectively work to lower the debt service and prioritize borrowing, establishing true fiscal responsibility.”
Ray Harmon grew up in Milwaukee where he learned the values of hard work and community service. He has spent his career as a public servant, having served as a legislative assistant for the city and county governments, with the Milwaukee Urban League, Neighborhood Schools Initiative and the administrations of former Governor Jim Doyle and former Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz. He has overseen programs for crime reduction, economic development, affordable housing, parks, libraries, public works and civil rights.
A heart transplant recipient, Ray is a volunteer for the Wisconsin Donor Network and other health care charities.