Burgess, 34, has served on the City Council for the past four years. He is a lifelong resident of Oberlin and is employed as an electrical contractor. He received his Bachelor of Arts in business degree from New Mexico State University.
If elected, he said he would focus on properly handling storm water runoff and flooding.
“Council and staff are currently working on establishment of a storm water utility to provide a dedicate source of funds and staffing to address flooding issues, he said. “I will continue to press for these desperately needed improvements.”
Providing adequate funding for city services is another concern of Burgess.
“We must increase revenue to maintain these vital services,” he said. “Rather than simply increasing our local income tax, I support a multi-prong strategy of cost reductions, property assessments, enterprise funding and annexation. I will only support an increase in the local income tax if considered in tandem with these other options.”
Burgess aqlso is looking to move forward with more green projects.
“I believe we should focus on the future and work to address issues of environmental justice with the same zeal that our predecessors pursued social justice,” he said. “Our green energy revolution is now substantially complete and I look forward to our next challenge of a green building renaissance.”
-- Jon Wysochanski, Morning Journal article from Oct. 25, 2013