Jennifer McDade is seeking a second term on the Bloomington City Council. (Photo by Eric Stock/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - Ward 5 Bloomington alderwoman Jennifer McDade said she hopes to help continue the city's responsible approach to its finances in a second term on the city council.
"When we look forward, our council needs to continue to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, I'm the only candidate in Ward 5 who supports no property tax increase going forward," McDade said.
McDade faces a challenge from Matthew Koetters in Ward 5. McDade says she's been active in helping build the city's cash reserves, strengthening its bond rating and passing balanced budgets while increasing spending on road repairs.
McDade said taking a long-term look at its infrastructure needs, which the city is already doing, will save the city money in the long run.
"Let's take a look at the big picture and see what does the sewer look like under that street? What kinds of curb and gutter situations do we have on that street? Let's think a little more broadly in terms of what are the sidewalks like on either side of that street?," McDade asked.
McDade chairs the city's infrastructure committee.
McDade said the city has worked well with other local governments and private groups to try to attract business and jobs to the city. McDade says they are all working toward the same goals.
"Grow the economy, bring more jobs and retain the businesses and the jobs that are here, that's what we are committed to in this community with economic development and the city of Bloomington has shown some real leadership around that and I'm really proud to have been a part of it," McDade said.
McDade said the city has done a better job of engaging the public in recent years, by holding citizen's voice meetings each quarter and live video streaming of its city council meetings.