Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Candidate blog series: Ward 4 candidate John Mumper

John T. Mumper
Council Ward Four

* 4th Ward Councilman – 1976-77, 2004-05, 2006 – present.
* Currently chairman of the Committee of the Whole and the Safety, Police & Fire Committee, and a member of the Finance & Audit Committee.
* Councilman At Large – 1984 - 1985
* Clerk of Council – 1983, 1988, 1989
* Lifelong resident of Ward Four

* BSBA Accounting, Xavier University
* 37+ years of work in the accounting / finance field.

* In the Past: Norwood Knothole, Norwood YMCA, Norwood Bi-Centennial Committee
* Currently: Annual Norwood Day Parade, Holy Trinity Festival, Variety Players, Men’s Club and Building & Grounds

Family Man
* Married to Kathy (Dettmer) 37 years
* Three married sons and one daughter living in Norwood:
* Brian & Amy (Dwyer)+Kate, Jack & Chad.
* Jeff & Kim (Porcano)+Julia, Jacob & Jessica
* Scott & Joy (Sandri)+Samantha, James, and Elizabeth.
* Younger daughter, Katie, owns John’s childhood home.
* Joe & Missy (Goodman) and their new son, JT, live in the historical section of Newport, KY.
* Older daughter, Kristen, also lives Newport.

For the record:

Norwood City Council has done an excellent job during the past four years of keeping the City of Norwood on the straight and narrow without any additional debt. Council has brought the city out of fiscal watch and has provided the Police, Fire and Public Works with new equipment to provide better service to the citizens. Council was able to provide equipment acquisition by using the state lease program, instead of adding additional debt. This is just an example of one of the many things accomplished by council during the past four years.

It is now time for Norwood City Council to provide a plan for the repair of streets. This plan will begin with a few streets being repaired in October, 2007 and will continue when the 8 mil renewal levy is passed by the citizens of Norwood. This renewal will result in no new taxes, due to the fact that it is a renewal based on the value of Norwood residential property in 1987. The current and future cost to the owner of a $100,000 house is approximately $74 per year. This renewal will allow council to provide a balanced budget for 2008 and hopefully for several years thereafter. The future financial state of the City of Norwood depends on the economy and a continuing stable base of companies and their employees paying earnings tax.

The renewal will be Issue #39 on the ballot on 11/06/07. Please support Issue #39 to keep your city moving forward and providing you with better services and better streets.

Thank you,

John Mumper, Norwood City Council, Ward Four