A pair of candidates — Donald Boerger and incumbent Nevin Taylor — are running for city council in Marysville’s Ward 4, highlighted in pink above. (Photo submitted)
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories scheduled for this week which detail issues and candidates appearing before area voters on the upcoming November ballot.
A pair of candidates is vying for Marysville City Council’s seat representing Ward 4.
Longtime council member Nevin Taylor is being challenged by Donald Boerger.
Donald Boerger loves Marysville.
“I have always loved this town,” Boerger said. “I had a huge passion for the town, for the people, for the culture, for the community.”
Boerger says he went to his first City Council meeting when he was 12 and listened as residents and council members “really advocated for the preservation of historic buildings.”
He said from then, “I always knew what I wanted to do.”
Boerger went to the Ohio State University and earned his degree in urban planning. When he returned to Marysville he got involved, serving on various city, county and civic boards. He said he is especially proud of his work as the city’s youngest member on the Planning Commission.
He stressed that one of the big lessons he learned is that “anyone can build a city. It takes leadership to grow a community.”
“That’s why I am running for city council,” Boerger said. “Even though we are going to continue to grow, protecting what we like about this town is important.”
Boerger said it is important to be able to balance what residents like about their town with what they want to see in the future.
He said he believes he has both the education and the passion to do that.
Boerger explained that managed growth is key.
“We need to carefully plan. We need to invest in economic development, in infrastructure, in quality of life,” Boerger said. “We are going to have to spend a lot of money to invest in the community and protect what we love here.”
Boerger said there has been a lot of discussion about planning, but not much actual planning. He added that many people do not feel engaged. He said they want to be able to serve the city, but don’t feel welcome or know how.
“We need to help them be involved and find the place where they can help and really feel they are making a difference,” Boerger said.
He added, “people should vote for me because the town is changing and I believe with my passion, accountability, interests, integrity, I can help engage people and make government work for them.”
Nevin Taylor says he had four goals when he started on council more than two decades ago.
He said he wanted to build a waste water treatment plant to get rid of what he called “stinky Marysville”; improve streets and develop a plan to keep them in good condition; improve the city finances and develop a plan to deal with debt; and build a new water plant for the city.
Taylor said three of those goals have been accomplished and he is asking the voters of Ward 4 reelect him and to allow him to see the water plant come to pass.
“Those four things make Marysville home,” Taylor said.
Taylor is a retired teacher and sports official. He has lived in Marysville more than 40 years. He says that as Marysville continues to grow, “we need to make sure it is not a burden on existing residents.”
“New growth needs to pay for itself,” Taylor said.
He said that new growth needs to pay for needed infrastructure. He said “controlled growth” is also needed to help pay for existing infrastructure.
Taylor said there is another danger to growth. He said the city’s small-town charm is what many people like.
“We need to make sure that that as we grow, we don’t lose the fact that Marysville is home,” Taylor said.
In addition to constructing a water treatment plant, Taylor said a recreation center is “a priority that needs to move forward.”
Taylor is also taking a position on the commuter tax credit that would give a tax break to residents who live in Marysville but work and pay taxes in another community.
“I think everyone earning an income needs to pay the exact same rate,” Taylor said.
Taylor said his experience is key on council. He said he understands growth and financing and “has been a consistent” on council.
“We have a lot of good things going on,” Taylor said. “We are never going to make 100% of people happy. If we can make them feel safe and proud and feeling like Marysville is home, I am OK with that.”
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