How long have you lived in Dallas Center: 5 years.
Family Members: Teresa (wife)
Current Occupation and place of employment: Real Estate Coordinator for City of Des Moines.
College and Degree: 2 years of college (no degree)
Previous Elected Official Experience: 2 years experience on Dallas Center City Council.
1. Continued improvements of our City infrastructures and City facilities.
2. Establish Dallas Center as a vibrant strong community within one of the countries top 5 growing counties.
3. My continued involvement in community activities that both benefits the citizens and promote Dallas Center.
Previous Elected Official Experience: No elected official experience.
How long have you lived in Dallas Center: I am a 6th generation “Becker” property owner in the City of Dallas Center and although I grew up in Kansas City, I have been associated with Dallas Center since my birth.
Family Members: My father was born in Dallas Center and lives on Walnut Street in a house my family has owned for over 100 years. My aunt lives in a townhouse at Spurgeon Manor. I have one brother who lives in Dallas Center and one brother who lives in Grimes. I have seven nieces and nephews, six of whom have attended DC-G schools; four have graduated with honors and two are currently attending the Middle School and the High School. My mother died in 2009 from ALS and is buried in the Dallas Center Brethren Cemetery.
Current Occupation and place of employment: For ten years I taught high school chemistry and physics. My students have competed at state level academic competitions in science. I have also worked several years in the family business, Automatic Fire Sprinklers/Fire Protection. I am currently supplementing my budget by substituting while researching and writing a book about a group of WWII veterans and their contributions to our freedom.
College and Degree: BS in Education with Certification in Chemistry and Physics from Emporia State University
Top three priorities if elected:
The mayor, city council, and city hall operate with a minimum of transparency. As a teacher, I give the city government low marks in TRANSPARENCY…meeting the legal minimum requirement by law, but barely passing! If elected mayor, my first priority will be to establish an “A” level of transparency for the citizens of Dallas Center, so that they may be better informed on city issues, taxing and spending; and thereby have a greater voice in their local government and a clearer understanding of how it is operating.
If elected mayor, I will return the mayor’s compensation increase ($2,400/year…$9,600 for the four-year term) to the city coffers to be used in creating greater transparency in our local government, so that the community of Dallas Center will NEVER again be surprised by a 20% property tax increase. The actions of Dallas Center City Councilmen in voting themselves more money after indecently taxing the community 20% were just ethically wrong! A 20% increase in property taxes is indecent and should NEVER have occurred!
To monitor closely and manage carefully the inevitable onslaught of growth moving toward Dallas Center with the goal of preserving the small, hometown charm that is Dallas Center. Dallas Center does not need to subsidize growth with taxpayer dollars; most residents live in Dallas Center because it is a small town. Tax dollars should be spent on improving city infrastructure and not on subsidizing growth.
Robert “Bob” Haxton
How long have you lived in Dallas Center: 12 years
Family Members: Wife – Donna, 4 adult children; Robert, Timothy, Melissa, Dan and several grandchildren.
Current Occupation and place of employment: I was employed by the State of Iowa for 35 years in a supervisory role, overseeing the inspecting and regulating of food processing plants, restaurants and grocery stores, I am currently retired. During that time, I prepared budgets, supervised field inspectors working from their homes, provided technical guidance to both state and county food inspectors and administered contracts with the FDA and USDA.
College and Degree: University of Northern Iowa, BA in Business
Previous Elected Official Experience: This is the first time I have ever run for elective office. I am fiscally conservative, believe in limited government and that government should be good stewards of the tax payers dollars. My role will be a servant to people of Dallas Center, to help ensure that their tax monies are wisely spent. In the spring I was actively involved to the in the distribution of petitions, by going door-to-door, as a part in the community effort to Save Mound Park, which was successful.
Top Three Priorities if elected:
Tax Abatements - I oppose this practice because it is not fair to existing home owners. This change would not impact existing residents who are receiving tax abatements. Certainly the homeowners who took advantage of these of tax abatements have no blame, but the offering of these tax abatements by the City is bad tax policy.
Infrastructure - I believe infrastructure, which includes storm water control, sewer disposal, street maintenance, and replacing water lines, must be our city’s top priority. Unnecessary spending, which may be desirable, must postponed until our critical infrastructure needs are met. Just like our family budgets, we can’t do everything, so we must focus our spending on the critical needs of our town.
Tax increases - I do not want to burden taxpayers with tax increases because of unnecessary spending OR burden future generations with our debt. Dallas Center homeowners have already had an average of 20% increase in city property taxes in 2017, in addition water rates have been increased and sewer rates will be increasing significantly to pay for repair of the lagoon and sewage treatment process. Dallas Center residents have already had enough tax increases already, so I encourage people to vote no on the additional one cent sales tax (LOST).
How long have you lived in Dallas Center: 15 years
Family Members: Darci Kidd, Delaney, Isabel, Rowan and Jack
Current Occupation and place of employment: IT Manager with an Insurance Company
College and Degree: Masters in Business Administration, Drake; BS Industrial Engineering, Iowa State University
Previous Elected Official Experience: Mayor Dallas Center 2 years, City Council Member 6 years
Top Three Priorities if elected:
1) Completion of Phase 1 of the Southwest Storm Water project will improve the storm water drainage in the entire city. This project has been in planning for over 3 years and will be finished this year. We have plans for incremental additions however these will need to be spread over multiple years to remain fiscally conservative and responsible within our bonding capacity.
2) Upgrades to the water treatment plant are underway to assure safe and plentiful drinking water for our citizens. We are also in the planning process to improve the sewer plant to meet new DNR clean water requirements.
3) We need to monitor and plan for the inevitable westward expansion of the metro suburbs. Dallas Center will need to proactively safeguard our boarders to prevent uncontrolled growth.
How long have you lived in Dallas Center: 8 years
Family Members: Cindy Pion, spouse with three daughters.
Current Occupation and place of employment: Sr. Project Manager, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
College and Degree: Drake University, MPA Cornell College, BA
Previous Elected Official Experience: Council member for Dallas Center since 2015.
Top Three Priorities if elected:
Reasonable fiscal policies; Dallas Center’s City Council needs to continue our conservative approach to managing our tax rates, and our fund balances. Through careful planning and forethought, we can prepare for critical infrastructure projects that benefit our community without dramatic swings in taxes and fees.
Infrastructure improvements; Dallas Center’s sewer treatment plant needs updated, as it no longer meets acceptable Iowa DNR standards. We need to replace portions of our drinking water distribution system, and we should continue with Phase 2 of our storm water project as Phase 1 is nearing a successful completion. These projects will benefit current residents and businesses by reducing water line breaks and by better handling storm water run-off, while positioning Dallas Center to accommodate projected growth.
Quality of life enhancements; Dallas Center should maintain our focus on enhancing our shared community spaces, such as completing a shelter at our trailhead on the Raccoon River Valley Trail which will enhance our Farmer’s Market experience, as well as community, school and trail events. Community groups are working hard towards the replacement of our swimming pool, and our library and those efforts should continue to be supported by the City Council.