Op-Ed: Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell States Case for Re-Election
The following is an op-ed written by Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell, a candidate for re-election. He faces current city commissioner Sarah Frietch.
Taylor Mill is a great place to live, and I am proud to call it home. It is an honor to serve as your mayor. I truly enjoy public service and working with members of the community for the betterment of our city.
During my tenure as mayor, I have worked to maintain a strong foundation for our government and move our city forward with a focus on the following priorities:
Remaining debt free with a balanced budget
Protecting the health and safety of our residents
Advocating for our city's interests
Supporting our city’s staff
Providing a voice for our city on the county and state level
Planning for our future
In addition, my work with the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC), Kentucky 911 Services Board, OKI Regional Council of Governments, Planning and Development Services (PDS) and relationships with elected officials enables me to actively pursue opportunities that benefit our city and provide a voice for our residents in the decision-making process at the county and state level.
As a result, we have accomplished many goals that are vital to our city’s success and continued progress.
Taylor Mill is debt free with a balanced budget. Good stewardship of our city’s finances has enabled us to remain debt free with a balanced budget 14 consecutive years. We deliver quality police, fire, and maintenance services to residents and are rated one of the safest small towns in the Commonwealth.
The addition of Advanced Life Support to our Life Squad in 2010 enables us to provide critical life-saving care to those in need. Obtaining CALEA accreditation for our police department ensures best practices are followed in protecting the health and safety of residents.
The city has established a forward-thinking vision for long-term economic growth that protects our small-town feel and connects our community by working with PDS.
Working alongside Senator Damon Thayer, I was able to secure the early completion of Pride Parkway. Furthermore, our decision to invest in infrastructure enhancements to increase safety and business opportunities along Pride Parkway will benefit us as our city continues to grow.
In October of this year, Taylor Mill was selected to receive an $846,424.00 grant from OKI for phase 3 of the Taylor Mill Sidewalk Project, bringing us closer to achieving our goal of becoming a more walkable community.
Additionally, my successful negotiations with the state to release encumbered property along Pride Parkway in 2018, allows the pursuit of economic growth to continue.
Taylor Mill is a rapidly changing and diverse suburban community, and right now we are in a crucial economic development transition. As we embark on the next phase of growth in our city, I believe we must take a more holistic approach. The needs of our community and our goals for economic development are intertwined, and both are key to our city’s long-term success.
With this goal in mind, collaboration and smart city planning will play a vital role in our decision-making process as economic development resumes in the Districts of Taylor Mill. Choosing quality growth will have a lasting financial impact on our city and a positive effect on our quality of life. Higher business revenues will help keep property taxes in check and fund vital city projects such as street repairs, park improvements & sidewalks.
You have my promise that I will continue working for you, the residents of Taylor Mill, to ensure we move forward in a direction that keeps our foundation strong, enables us to meet the needs of our community and achieves success for the long-term.
I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th.
Let’s go all in for the Mill and move our city forward together.
Mayor Daniel L. Bell