To The Herald-Whig:
In 1993, I was elected mayor and was confronted almost immediately with the worst natural disaster in the history of the upper Midwest, the great flood of 1993. Working together, we fought through this challenge and came out stronger.
Four years ago, my friend, John Spring, was re-elected mayor and was soon dealing with the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. Following his leadership, we find ourselves now with a balanced budget and a surplus for emergencies as well as a lower tax rate. While other taxing bodies have felt the need to increase rates, the city has held the line.
Our city services continue to be delivered effectively and our police and fire protection is excellent.
Just as importantly, the quality of life continues to improve. Forbes Magazine named Quincy one of the top 10 small cities to raise a family in the entire country. This is what attracts growth in the 21st century when companies can locate anywhere and why Mayor Spring has been a strong supporter of education and youth activities. As a family man who dedicated decades of professional service to value-based education, he understands these priorities. It is no accident that we have consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.
In my capacity as a member of the Tri-State Summit Steering Committee, I have admired Mayor Spring's success at increasing air and rail service for our region. It has earned him the respect of the community, business and educational leaders.
John Spring has worked hard to keep Quincy moving forward and I urge your readers to support his re-election.
Charles W. Scholz