Ann Arbor City Council candidate profile: Mike Anglin
Profession: Spent 17 years teaching before becoming a master electrician and running his own business for 14 years. Politics: Democrat. First elected to City Council in 2007. Education: Holds a bachelor's degree in history and master's degree in special education. Personal: Runs First Street Garden Inn bed and breakfast with his wife, Kathy. Web site: www.voteformike.org
What he told us
â€¢ Ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility two years ago when he felt a new police-courts building wasn't necessary. Now feels the city shouldn't be spending more money for an underground parking structure.
â€¢ Says the tax burden on property owners in Ann Arbor is too high. Prefers prioritization of spending over tax increases to balance the budget.
â€¢ Supports keeping Ann Arbor a "tree town" and wants to save Argo Dam.
â€¢ Recommends the city's Labor/Finance Committee, which deals with the budget throughout the year, includes representation from each ward so all council members get an understanding of what's going on.
â€¢ Thinks the city has money to pay for what it needs and says it's a question of where the city places its emphasis. "By listening to the taxpayer, I think we have to place more emphasis on the trees, the infrastructure of the city, which we're doing now, the roads definitely, and I think if we look at those items we'd be in pretty good shape."
â€¢ Says he's still studying the issue of a city income tax, but most homeowners don't like the idea.
â€¢ Says he has a strong environmental background. Has the endorsement of the Huron Valley Sierra Club and the state Sierra Club.
â€¢ Says he's willing to take hard stances on hard issues for the benefit of the city and its people.
â€¢ Opposes City Place and supports a temporary moratorium on development in his ward. "I'm not going to allow, as far as I'm concerned, a developer to scar the town and then leave the scar with us and walk away. I would rather we come up with a better solution how to do this project."
â€¢ Has voted to preserve neighborhoods. Led the effort to restore funding for Project Grow and supported both the dog run and skateboard park.