Being a business owner gives me the advantage of understanding the day-to-day operations and expenses of a business. One of the major expenses is property taxes. Unless you are a commercial property owner, you may not understand the difference in the taxation of commercial versus residential properties.
Marion is growing at a historical rate. One of my many concerns is infrastructure needs. We have utility services that need to be replaced or modified to handle our day-to-day needs, not to mention our growth and integration of new utilities that need to be added to our existing services.
This financial burden can be reduced with the growth of new residential and commercial property owners. We need new businesses to share in the expenses needed to prepare for the future.
The majority of our roads were built in the 1950s and 1960s. Now we are faced with repairing, replacing and building new. Commercial real estate is a major component to this.
Marion is in a great place today, and I feel this is a great time to be involved in our community. The plans that are on the drawing boards today for Marion will have your mind whirling; we have only begun to see the boom in commercial businesses. Now is the time that our future generations will be talking about.
Why should the business community vote for me? I know what it takes to run a business? I have one!
• Randy Strnad is a candidate for Marion City Council, At-Large