Champaign Co. Commission (Rep)
All candidates were asked to answer this question: Within the context of the elected office you are seeking, what is the most important issue facing your community and what would you do to address it?
Timothy D. Cassady
Bio: I’m married to Kris, we have three children.graduated from Mechanicsburg High School.I own and operate a small business, have served on the Maple Grove Cemetery Board for 17 years, am a Trustee for Goshen Township, President of the County Township Association,Director for Ohio Township Asociation and Assistant Football Coach at Mechanicsburg Schools.
Answer: The budget and the ability to distibute the funds we take in to provide the services vital to the community. All of Champaign Counties Taxing jurisdictions are hurting, as are the families who are paying the taxes. The Local Government fund has been reduced 25% this year and 50% next year. Going forward we need to be able to facilitate shared services and collaboration, where it is practical. between Townships, Villages, Cities, Schools, Libraries and Counties and truly work to maximize every tax dollar we take in.
Steven R. Hess
Bio: Lived and farmed in Champaign County with my wife of 38 years Marsha, where we raised 3 children. Graduated Graham High School and Wilmington College with a degree in Agriculture. Serving my 3rd term as Champaign County Commissioner.
Answer: I firmly believe that our greatest long term challenge is to stem the outward migration of the best and brightest of our next generation from Champaign County. We need to work to find ways to retain more of them by creating better opportunities for them to live, work and raise a family here. I will continue to work on ways to increase the level of economic activity, standard of living, and employment opportunities.