Taxes, services confront Elkhorn City Council candidates

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March 30, 2012
— It's a familiar theme, and one that usually dominates city government.

For the Elkhorn City Council, that theme is being discussed by the two candidates running for Aldermanic District 4, Brian Olson and Jim Taylor.

Both candidates talked about the need to hold down taxes while maintaining essential services during declining revenues.

Jim Taylor

Age: 70

Address: 42 E. Sedgemeadow St., Elkhorn

Job: Retired corporate pilot

Education: Bachelor's degree in aeronautic science

Community service: National Business Aircraft Association, National Flight Safety Foundation.

Elected posts: None

Comments: "The budget is always a concern. Our expenses must be controlled. We don't want to be increasing taxes, and there is less revenue coming from other sources such as the state. I also think there needs to be more openness on the council. We need to have more open discussions of council matters."


Brian Olson

Age: 35

Address: 1142 W. Court St., Elkhorn

Job: Self-employed as an independent manufacturer representative

Education: Graduated from Greendale High School; CPMR certificate from Arizona State University.

Community service: Sons of American Legion, International Association of Plastics Distributors.

Elected posts: None

Comments: "My goal is to keep taxes low with no cuts in essential services. We need to assess the programs we have and look for areas where we can maximize efficiency. These are the areas we can work with. Most other areas, personnel and our contracts for services for example, are pretty much locked in. We also need to continue to work on economic development, especially in the area of grant applications. We must work hard to maintain our businesses and attract new ones."

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