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Hogan: Citizens demand transparency for new projects

Dwight Hogan is a candidate for Marion City Council Ward 1.

Dwight Hogan
Dwight Hogan

I am a 58-year resident of Marion and a 1971 graduate of Marion High School. I have worked as an engineering tech and have 27 years in the insurance industry. I retired in 2015.

I am chairman of the Local Option Sales Tax Advisory Committee. I have been a member of this committee since it was conceived. I also served on the Streetscape Committee.

I am running for City Council to represent the people of Marion because I believe that we must show more fiscal restraint. I believe we must have transparent governance and seek input from our residents, property owners and business owners. The actions of the council must reflect the will of the people.

Past city surveys show that our streets and our infrastructure were at the top of the list! The Trunk sewer project is helping, but more needs to be done as our community continues to grow.

The third fire station on the north side of the city is in the works. In addition to the third station, plans are also underway for a fourth station on the northeast side of the city.

I believe that all public projects need to be done by the bidding process and that these bids need to be opened at a council work session.

The library still is a big issue now that the state has stopped the private-public agreements. The state said that public projects need to be put out for bid. If bonding is used as one of the funding sources then this must be put out for a vote by the citizens for their approval, as was done for the existing library.

Dwight Hogan is a candidate for Marion City Council Ward 1.

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