Angie W. Schubert
1) I would like to create a friendly and open city council. I think Amherstonians deserve an open city government. I would love to see better accessibility in our city such as sidewalks, bicycles, and parking. I would also like to see the train bridges taken care of to ensure safety and utilize local resources to enhance their appearance. By being an active part of city council I will be able to better assess what Amherst truly needs.
2) Amherst has a wonderful downtown to offer to businesses. By improving our infrastructure we can entice business to locate here and their patrons will follow, in turn generating more tax monies for Amherst. Amherst city tax is 1.5 percent with one percent credit given for taxes paid to other cities. Amherst has to work with a half-percent tax and city council is challenged to find balance and growth for our community within this budget.
3) Amherst has a diverse population of residents whose needs are varied. I definitely see where our city could use improved roads and more community development. A more attractive infrastructure will draw even more people to our city and to shop our historic and wonderful downtown, which in turn can help bring in more tax money.
4) I’m excited about bringing my fresh perspective to the table of Amherst city council. My years as a parent, a teacher, and an intervention specialist have helped me to develop the skills necessary to work with groups of people, many times with different opinions, together for a common goal. I want to be part of continuing to grow our community and promote our city. My family decided to move here because Amherst is a city where neighbors know each other, small businesses thrive, you can walk or ride your bike throughout the city and people genuinely care about one another.
Editor’s note: Incumbent Dave Goodell did not respond to our questionnaire.