We won! 21 April, 2011Posted by David Anderson in Dover, Kent county, Local, Revolutionary Reform.
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Thank you Dover for electing me to city council.
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In this economy, jobs are disappearing and our budgets are tight. This is true of families, businesses, and even governments. We face the challenge of generation. I believe we are up to it. We just need faith, vision, an action plan, and a willingness to work with each other. It is sounds simpler than it is, granted, but we are Americans. We can handle it. My experience serving this great country assures me of this fact.
I am in consultation with an economist to find some innovative ideas to make our city a better place to do business, but it does not take a PH. D in economics to see what we are doing needs to change. Unemployment continued to rise in Dover even when the national trend stabilized. We are now above the national average. My goal over the next year is to make Dover open for business.
I want to turn this city into a viable enterprise zone. I want to see us take advantage of programs that only a city or locality can administer such as the export grants to businesses through the SBA. I would like to see the community reinvestment money mandated by the Federal government from the banks stay here instead of flowing to Wilmington by setting up our own reinvestment fund. I want to see us streamline regulations and paperwork. I want to see us expand our tax credits for businesses that expand or locate here so we stay competitive with other localities in the state.
I am concerned that we are wasting your money instead of putting it in our community. One example is our water system. A top priority needs to be updating the well heads and repairing the leaks. I still believe we should have lined the pipes for a fraction of the cost and time of replacement. Our declining infrastructure is hurting our job creation. When our water system can only operate at 80% design capacity, it keeps industry from locating here. The infiltration in our waste water system or runoff is costing us $1,000,000 a year to pay the county for water that shouldn’t have been in the system.
That is $1,000,000 not helping our community. It could be paying for community police, youth programs, or repairing our streets. Maybe it could be helping us bring jobs here. Instead it is literally being flushed down the sewer.
This has to stop. Please help me stop it next Tuesday April 19th by honoring me with your vote for city council.
P. S. If you would like to help, go to davidandersonforcouncil.com and contribute or volunteer.
Tea Party Silent no More 10 August, 2009Posted by David Anderson in Dover, Event.
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Photo By Maria Evans of DelawarePolitics.net
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The event was well attended. I don’t know how many people were present do to the fluid nature of the event. I counted around 500 at one point, but with it being a 4 hour event that was only a snap shot I have heard 750 or more. We had the pleasure of meeting scores of our readers and a few of our commenters. That was one of my highlights. Thank you all for attending and a great number of you for participating in our Delaware Politics survey. Maria will tell us if we found Waldo, the insurance lobbyist (who liberals say is behind the movement) at the rally. He certainly forgot to charter the bus or give organizational grants. Hey, Waldo send your grant forms to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get them out to everyone. (I won’t hold my breath.)
The people who attended were a credit to Dover and the movement. They had spirit but weren’t rowdy. They were attentive, passionate, and looking for information. Book sales were the hot item. I don’t think any one could keep the 5000 year leap or Glen Beck’s Common Sense around for long. I am going to give a review on the 5000 year leap that I obtained in the future. What really impressed me was the way the people took care of the grounds. I had been to many rallies, but this was one of neatest. People picked up after themselves by the time it was over all we had to do was pack up and leave. I didn’t see one piece of trash.
Well Said Mayor Carey 28 January, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Dover.
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At the request of STOP Mayor Carey issued the following:
WHEREAS, Ronald Reagan served with honor and distinction for two terms as the 40th
president of the United States of America; the second of which he earned the confidence of
3/5 of the electorate and was victorious in 49 of the 50 states in the general election – a record
unsurpassed in the history of American presidential elections; and
WHEREAS, during Mr. Reagan’s presidency he worked in a bipartisan manner to enact his
bold agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to government which led to an
unprecedented economic expansion and opportunity for millions of Americans; and
WHEREAS, President Reagan’s commitment to our armed forces contributed to the
restoration of pride in America, and prepared America’s armed forces to meet 21st century
WHEREAS, President Reagan’s vision of “peace through strength” led to the end of the
Cold War and the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic human rights for
millions of people; and
WHEREAS, February 6, 2008 will be the 97th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the
third since his passing.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CARLETON E. CAREY, SR., MAYOR OF THE CITY OF DOVER,
DELAWARE, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2008 to be
Ronald Reagan Day
and urge all citizens to be cognizant of this event and to participate fittingly in its observance.
CARLETON E. CAREY, SR.
Dover based Civic Center report raises Concerns 22 January, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Dover, Kent county, Local, State.
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The business people on the McGinnis Committee were not buying, but they weren’t selling either. They were not impressed with the marketing budget and were not convinced the hockey team would stick around. The believed that the center will be built and this is likely the best way to build it. They wanted assurances in writing not just verbally that city taxpayers had no future liability. They were concerned about the county’s financing scheme imposed by the state. It would be funded by an hotel room tax of 6% in addition to the 8% already imposed by the state for tourism projects. They recommended a small increase statewide instead of .83%. Traditionally, tourism projects such as the Sussex beach replenishment are funded statewide and not locally. This has been opposed by the state hotel industry off the bat.
Other critics have called for it to be completely funded by private sources even if the county serves as a conduit for the bond. “If you can justify to a bond investor that the project is good enough to float a bond on, then do it and pay back the bond note”, said Delaware Taxpayer Coalition Leader Dave Burris. Global Spectrum, the consulting firm which manages 67 facilities across the nation, says it will pay for operations and maintenance, but will not make enough to cover debt service.<
Delaware State University has announced that they will proceed with a new arena regardless of the outcome. It remains curious why they won’t come up with more money in exchange for part ownership. Nonetheless this means that taxpayers may eventually have to come up with more money than with the majority privately funded Delaware Civic Center.
It remains a controversial issue. What are your thoughts? It seems the committee appointed to give answers has given us more questions.
Watch Out, Here They Come. 8 January, 2008Posted by David Anderson in Dover.
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There is a move in Dover City Council to raise fees. Why is there not one to restrain spending? The budget has increased by 50%. We should oppose increasing business licenses when employment is slowing. We should want to encourage businesses to locate in the city, not drive them out.
Leary Back 21 November, 2007Posted by David Anderson in Dover.
Councilman Thomas Leary has earned back his title with a special election victory November 20th. He won a nearly two to one victory based upon fiscal responsibility. Congratulations. My turn in April.
Vision: A Comprehensive Strategy for the city of Dover 7 October, 2007Posted by David Anderson in Dover.
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Many years ago, packaged items were weighed on a balance. On one side was a true standard and the other was the goods you were buying. If short, it was said to be weighed in the balances and found wanting.
When I look at city government today, I weigh it by asking are we getting our money’s worth? Is our money well spent? Can we go out for an evening jog or walk in any neighborhood safely? Can our children play safely in our parks while we talk with our friends? Is this a good place to find a good job or start a business?
Truthfully, I don’t think we are up to standards. We are better than many places, but if you weigh us by the standard, we are weighed in the balances and found wanting. Shootings are a regular news event. Drug houses are a neighborhood fixture. The city budget has nearly doubled in 4 years yet our quality of life hasn’t. Two years ago, the city budget was 93 million dollars now it is 150 million dollars. Government administrative salaries have
skyrocketed while ours haven’t. Rent, electric, trash, water/sewer
fees, and property taxes have all gone up.
Some of our water is still brown. It has gotten to point where I joke about bottled water – I am from Dover I don’t trust water I can’t see and smell.It is time someone took up the cause of the citizen. It is time we
had real problem solvers back in government. I have worked on the outside and on city committees, but I am tired of trying to affectchange. I want to bring change…. (more…)