My name is Ken Bryant and I am a candidate for Symmes Township Trustee. I am proud to have been your trustee for the past 8 years, thank you for supporting me in the past, and ask for your support again this year.
I have lived in Symmes Township for 23 years. My wife Jean and I have been married for 43 years, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
I hold a degree in Engineering from the University of Kentucky and have 2 years of post-graduate studies in personnel and project management. I retired from GE Aircraft Engines with 35 years experience in Advanced Engineering Design and Development.
My style is not to campaign negatively against my opponents, but “run on my own accomplishments”. I largely self-fund my campaign and favor personal contact with township residents by going door-to-door instead of mailbox-to-mailbox or using direct mail and robo-calls. As Trustee, I continue to be a “resident for the residents”.
I would like to highlight 4 areas of accomplishment during my tenure:
First, Taxes and the Economy:
While many Townships and municipalities are struggling with reduced funding from the State of Ohio, Symmes Township continues to provide excellent service to its residents. We reduced the Budget from $11.0M in 2013 to $8.4M in 2014 without any degradation in provided services. As a result, Symmes elected officials will take a 15% pay cut in 2014.
We reduced your Township taxes by trimming our Park Levy from 1.2 to 1.0 mil and our Road and Sidewalk Levy from 1.3 to 0.9 mils.
We pursued alternate sources of income through grants and matching funds: for headwall projects, for Montgomery Road sidewalks, for Fire Department training and equipment and for road and sidewalk improvements along Mason-Montgomery Road. We are working to secure a grant to help pay for sidewalks along parts of Union Cemetery Road.
We created 2 Community Re-Investment areas to stimulate existing businesses and entice new ones to relocate to Symmes Township. We have brought over 1900 new jobs to Symmes Township within the last 4 years.
Second, Enhanced Township Safety & Infrastructure
We added a Police patrol car in the Township without any additional charge to the residents.
Within the past 4 years, we replaced 6 patrol cars, a heavy-duty ambulance, a Fire Command vehicle, and a new ladder truck to maintain our highly regarded Police, Fire, and EMS services and ISO2 ratings.
We added a “looping feature” to the Camp Dennison water supply system creating increased water flow and redundancy for fire suppression.
We added safety sidewalks along Humphrey road in two phases, along Montgomery Road from border to border and plan to add one from Montgomery Road to the Symmes Branch Library and Elementary School this year.
Third, Direct Savings for our Residents
We re-negotiated a $1.1M reduction in the purchase price of the Rozzi property, saving money for Phase I development of the “Home of the Brave Park”.
We negotiated a 2-year moratorium on automatic contract cost increases for the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.
We implemented both Natural Gas and Electric Aggregation programs resulting in significant electric cost savings and a price cap on gas prices. We are already working on multi-year follow-on contracts for future savings.
We pursued other sources of income through grants and business sponsorships to save taxpayer dollars and are always working to find lower cost alternatives and improved values before each contract ends.
Finally, Long Term Planning
We changed our staff’s mind-set from an annual plan to one of longer terms. We completed the 10-year Township Master Plan and initiated a long term Park Master Plan with multi-year operational budgeting.
We updated the Road Resurfacing Plan for the next 7 years of an 18-year cycle and expanded the Sidewalk Plan with short-term prioritization.
If re-elected. I will continue to be a fiscal conservative and keep Symmes Township’s taxes as low as possible while continuing to provide exceptional service to our residents. I care about our community and will represent all residents fairly and equally
I need your support and vote November 5th to continue to serve our community. I ask that you please consider my qualifications before deciding. Thank you.
More at: http://www.kenbryant.org/