Kristina is running for Russell Township Trustee, a position she is experienced and qualified for, and has previously held.
“You paid my salary through your property taxes, which means I work for you.” Says Kristina.
This election is all about who represents YOU. Who will allow your voice, concerns, and issues to be respectfully addressed and solutions to answer your questions. As a township trustee, Kristina always answered emails, returned phone calls, or went to the resident’s property if there was something to be viewed.
She believes the issues facing the township today and in the future include the following:
1: Developing a strategic plan for fiscal solvency.
This means spending within our means. Knowing local government funding and estate taxes are curtailed, and facing further erosion of funds from the State of Ohio, our dependency on local levy funding may not be sustainable. Property tax reliance should not be so burdensome as to make Russell Township unaffordable. Kristina will work with the fiscal officer to ensure prudent use of township funds to sustain necessary township services.
2: Russell Township has the highest percentage of senior citizens in Geauga County.
How are seniors able to stay in their homes, take care of their property, and afford to be in the community they so dearly love? Kristina truly would like to engage seniors to hear of their biggest concerns to afford staying in Russell, and what we as a community can establish to support those who may need occasional help (i.e. health issues) or resources. Kristina works in healthcare so she understands that a making a proper diagnosis can lead to a proper treatment to become healthy again.
3: Enhance communication pathways.
Remember the “Russell Rustlings” newsletter by the Russell Historical Society? Now, one has to go to the Township website to know anything about what is happening in Russell. Even the Spectrum cable channel has moved local government news to CH. 1020. Why not make use of the local paper to have “Governmental Updates” posted to keep up on current events? Other townships do this, so why not Russell Township? Additionally, Kristina would like to have a good neighbor watch policy developed so that one can ensure neighbors are doing okay. Kristina wants to engage with the public and ask for more comments and dialogue.
4: Russell Township is a green oasis.
Kristina wrote township reports and grants for conservation projects that the township initiated and served on the Air and Water Quality Boards of NOACA; as liaison to Chagrin Watershed Partners for dams and creek/river sustainability; and Geauga. Soil and Water Conservation District to understand best practices for preserving water resources, decrease pollution runoff, and prevent land erosion.
Remember to Vote on November 7th!