Steven DiMaria

Demographics

Independent

52

Marengo

Other, Aircraft support equipment, U.S. Air Force

Lead mechanic, American Airlines

Married

Steven, 10

Samantha, 9

On the Record

What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?

I have represented my constituents and community diligently during our country’s difficult economic downturn . I serve my community’s best interest as a whole, by actively getting involved with the residents. My belief in my community drives me to educate myself on all issues at hand, and objectively vote on them.

What are your top two or three priorities if elected?

My first priority, is to continue to assist our community with controlled growth. Without growth, our community’s business tax base will never increase to the point that it gives relief to the homeowners in supporting it’s city’s operating expenses. My second priority is to hold the line on unnecessary spending during these difficult times; but still provide safe services to the residents and public. My third priority is to help educate my constituents on their local daily activities and concerns that pertain to our community

Would you support freezing your taxing district’s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?

Yes, I already support freezing the city’s tax levy, and voted that way on the city’s current tax levy request to the county for our 2013 operating budget. I feel all taxing bodies should hold the line on increasing their tax levy. The residents need to hold all taxing body board members accountable for their voting and stances on controlling expenses and the way they use taxpayer dollars. We as elected officials, have the responsibility to our constituents and community to be diligent stewards. We need to provide the best services possible; but still stay within our operating budget without increasing taxes.

What one decision by the city council do you most disagree with and why?

The City of Marengo has a lot of good employees, but I feel that during these difficult economic times that all employees wages and benefits should be froze temporarily like most private sector employees are experiencing. Until those additional expenses can be supported by core revenues without raising taxes, the board shouldn‘t approve any increases voluntarily. The city should take the stance that all organized labor groups request arbitration and force a judge to increase the city’s operating expenses, which in turn is passed on to the taxpayers. The taxpayers should then hold those individuals with the authority to increase the city budget accountable for their decisions to tax burden the public more during these difficult times

What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?

Elected officials are part time employees making important decisions for their community. As a board member, you are dependent on quality professional consulting when it comes to the daily needs and requirements effecting your city. We have hired recently the services of individuals and professional groups that are helping Marengo go in the right direction in my opinion. We need to be on a equal playing field with our surrounding communities, and that starts with having the right team composed for our residents. Our staff and consulting firms currently are assisting Marengo position the city for future growth and opportunities.

Why should voters elect you to office?

For the past four years I have been a diligent steward for my constituents and community. I have made difficult decisions which are not always popular to every resident, but are responsible for the best interest of our community as a whole. I always take the time to educate myself so that I can represent my constituents and community fairly and effectively. I will continue to represent my constituents honestly and work to better the quality of life for everyone in our community.