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LWV League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund
Hamilton, Clermont, Warren Counties, OH November 5, 2013 Election
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Barry Kuhn
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member Council at Large; City of Loveland


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Questions & Answers

1. What are your qualifications for office?

Although I have never served in public office, I have experience in the private sector that can be applied here. I have owned my own business, and prior to that, I worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 17 years. As a result, I have strong leadership and management skills, in addition to working cooperatively with others to obtain agreed upon goals. I also have strong communication and collaboration skills that I think will aid me in being successful in the role as a Councilman.

2. What services do you believe should be considered basic and essential for the City?

Police and Fire should be at the top of the list, and they should be the last thing considered when having to make any additional budget cuts. Public safety is something that cannot be compromised.

Other services would include water and sewage, and snow and ice removal. These are things that impact the citizens more directly than some of the others, and should be protected.

3. How would you balance the City Budget?

We are required by law to have a balanced budget, and the recent cuts that have been made have seemed to ensure that we are balanced. In fact, we have seen a slight increase in revenue in 2013.

I think that we need to look for opportunities to increase our revenue stream. This would include the revitalization of the Loveland-Madeira road corridor, and attracting new businesses to the city. Adding jobs in the area will also contribute to improving the overall economy here.

We also need to explore other ideas on how to fund some of the "nice to haves" that may be eliminated in an effort to balance the budget. Local businesses may be willing to sponsor some of these, which would eliminate or reduce the expense to the city.

Any further budget cuts will need to be evaluated closely to make sure that we limit the impact to the citizens.

4. Citizen engagement is important to the health of local government. In what ways do you support citizen engagement?

I strongly encourage citizens to get involved in local government. I have attended several public hearings, and even have served on a committee, to get involved myself. If elected, I will make myself available daily by email, and will also schedule quarterly information sessions where the citizens of Loveland can address any issues or concerns that they have. I'm committed to ensuring that the citizens of this city feel that their needs are being addressed.

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