Monday, December 13, 2010

Joel Fritzler Interview

WSIU interviewed councilman Joel Fritzler last Friday. The high points include:

Significant community involvement including Peace Corps work, first director of Carbondale Main Street, SIUC employee for 8 years, Red Cross volunteer, Keep Carbondale Beautiful board, United Way board, Planning Commission and Irish Festival.

Community development in Carbondale very strong, economic development not so much.

Views the comprehensive plan as a working document that needs to have its ideas considered seriously.

Opposed to raising the city's portion of the property tax, which is zero currently. Sales tax increase is fairer since those who don't live in Carbondale but use its services would then help to pay for them. Could raise sales tax 1/4% and still remain competitive with Marion.

Assistant city manager has taken on the duties of 4 eliminated offices and that needs to be looked at.

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