Candidate Name: Bradford Miller
Office Seeking: City Council
Subdivision with Zip Code: Burnham Point, 60564
Campaign Website: www.millerfornaperville.com
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1. When and why did you first decide to run to serve Naperville City Council?
I decided last year to run for Naperville City Council after talking to my family and many friends. I decided to run because I care about our community and I want to make a difference in its future. I want to fight for fiscal responsibility and transparency, responsible development, strong public safety, and strong public schools.
2. What quality and/or skill set will you bring to a nonpartisan 9-member City Council?
As a small business owner, I know how to balance budgets, make hard decisions, and plan for the future. We need that same knowledge on the City Council. I have no other agenda other than to do what is best for Naperville.
3. What do you consider to be the three biggest issues facing the City today?
1) Taxes – I will fight against all tax increases, especially property taxes. Instead I will focus on cutting waste in the budget, improving efficiencies, and broadening our tax base through economic growth. 2) Traffic and commuter issues – Naperville is a popular and thriving city. Because of that, traffic becomes a problem in certain areas. We need to work with the local government entities and IDOT to fix these areas. For commuters, adding train parking at the downtown Naperville station is a serious need. 3) The drug issue in our community – Drugs are being pushed in our community and we need to take a strong, aggressive approach to combat the issue. We also need more coordination between local, county, and state police to stop the flow of drugs via I-88. Finally, I also support more education for our children on the dangers of drugs.
4. Realistically and fiscally speaking, if you could change/improve one thing in the City, what would it be?
I would improve the downtown Naperville train station and add more parking for commuters to cut down on the parking waiting list that is several years long.
5. What do you think the City Council could do to help keep Naperville affordable for homeowners of all ages?
Adding modest townhomes, condominiums, and apartments in some areas will help but they must fit in with the character of that neighborhood. I also believe high property taxes price people out of Naperville so working on keeping those flat or lowering them should also be a priority.
6. What City amenity is most important/attractive to you and how should its care and maintenance be funded?
The Riverwalk area is always popular in my family. Maintaining the infrastructure and keeping the area clean should be paid out of the City budget. The Riverwalk commission does a great job promoting the use of the Riverwalk and the visitors it brings has a positive impact on our local economy.
7. What should be done about the Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) fund, if anything?
I have no issues with how the SECA fund is currently being used. Every year, the City Council receives advice from the SECA commission and the public to encourage arts, culture, and special events in the community.
8. What can the City of Naperville do better to retain and attract businesses that encourages development?
We must continue to promote Naperville as a business-friendly city by working with local organizations such as the Naperville Development Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce. We also must keep taxes and regulations as low as possible to promote business investment. We also need to maintain our infrastructure, balance our budgets, and keep our triple A bond rating because this shows our business community and future businesses that we are a well-run City.
9. Are you a proponent of Tax Increment Financing (TIF)? NO
10. Do you live in School District 203 or School District 204? D204
Please tell anything else that distinguishes your interest in serving Naperville in 150 words or less…
I want to give a voice to all the taxpayers in Naperville that believe government should be efficient, have a balanced budget, and be transparent with their tax dollars. I strongly believe government needs to be accountable to its residents. I will fight for economic growth that helps the community and broadens our tax base. I will support development that takes into consideration traffic, schools, and respects the character of the neighborhood around it along with the environment. We need to listen to the residents from all parts of Naperville because together we can make better decisions and achieve more as a City.