Author: Karen Denzine

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Dedicated to serving the community of Madison

Dedicated to serving the community of Madison

I am dedicated to serving the community of Madison.  I pledge to listen to you and act upon your concerns.  It is why I am running for Madison City Council District 6 – to be your representative.

Since I heard the State of the City address in January, I have attended every City Council Work Session and I have only missed 2 City Council Meetings.  I attend the Industrial Development Board and the Redevelopment Board Meetings.  I understand how the Council works.  I have studied the issues brought before the Council members.  I believe I can make a difference in Madison by serving on the City Council.  I offer fresh perspectives and new alternatives to addressing the needs of our rapidly expanding community

Madison City is for families.  More and more families and individuals call Madison home.  With more than 2,300 new homes set to be built, our city’s size will continue to expand.  To balance our increasing residential growth, our city needs a strong economic development strategy.  I believe in identifying new emerging business trends and aggressively targeting these businesses to locate in Madison.  I propose adding an Economic Development Specialist to our City Planning Department.

My education and work experience applies directly to promoting our business growth.  I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees in business – real estate from the University of Georgia. My graduate studies focused on the factors that industries consider when choosing a location.  One of their top priorities is one of our greatest assets: a stable work force.

By expanding our tax base, the City brings in the revenue necessary to continue to provide our outstanding schools and maintain infrastructure.

Working together we will help ensure a brighter future for Madison and the people of District 6.

My commitment to protecting our freedoms and rights

My commitment to protecting our freedoms and rights

On February 28, 2010, I assisted in the placement of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery – a humbling honor.  As we stood in hushed silence, the U S Capital could be seen in the distance to the left of the Monument.  At that time, Congress debated legislation that I believed worked contrary to the freedoms our fallen soldiers fought so valiantly to preserve.  As taps played, I reaffirmed my commitment to God to work even harder to protect the freedoms and rights of all Americans.  This commitment is what motivates me to serve you and to represent you on the Madison City Council.

Sports Complex (Rec Center)

Sports Complex (Rec Center)

 

I believe the City of Madison has made the right decision to partner with the Madison City Schools to build a Sports Complex on the School owned property.  The Schools have agreed to lease the land to the City for a very nominal fee and pay $3,000,000 towards the construction of the pool.  Both the Swim Team and the residents of Madison would benefit from the arrangement.

 Wisely, the City Council will not commit to construction if the Sport Complex is not financially sound and beneficial to the City and neither would I.

I strongly support new economic development in the City.   I am for the Sports Complex as an economic driver for the City.   By the City partnering with an organization which provides the expertise of hosting Tournaments, Madison gains financially with increased sales tax revenue from the Tournament participants. 

To fully understand our proposed Sports Complex,  I have repeatedly asked questions and sought clarification from City Council members and City Staff concerning the details of Madison project.  I have researched the economic impact of a Sports Complex in general.   The City is currently negotiating with the firm Fieldhouse.  

 

madison electionI’m excited to see the positive effect this complex would have, if approved by the Council, on the future of Madison Alabama especially here in district 6.  This is the site where the Sports Complex will be developed if approved.

 

I believe the Swim Team has performed exceptionally over the years and would benefit from a competition size pool for practice and swim meets.

 I understand, originally, the consensus was to build a 50-meter pool for the city when Madison residents participated in a workshop held at Dublin Park in 2013 to create the Park and Recreation Department’s Master Plan. 

The City’s plans have since been modified and currently a 25-yard pool is being proposed.  I agree with the proposed 25-yard pool simply for financial reasons.  A comparison of the cost of a 50-meter pool verse a 25-yard pool is instructional.

According to USA Swimming:

8 lane 25-yard pool – estimated cost $1,181,250 to build with an annual operating cost of $113,400

8 lane 50-meter pool – estimated cost $3,733,950 to build with an annual operating cost of $244,440

The building costs do include the cost to cover and 15’ decks around but not the cost of spectator seating, showers, offices or equipment.

Vision for Madison

Vision for Madison

Madison is for families.  More and more families and individuals call Madison home. To balance our increasing residential growth,  our city needs a strong economic development strategy.  I believe in identifying emerging business trends and aggressively targeting these businesses to locate in Madison.

My education and work experience applies directly to promoting our business growth.  I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees in business – real estate from the University of Georgia. My graduate studies focused on the factors that industries consider when choosing a location.  One of their top priorities is one of our greatest assets: a stable work force.

Investing today in Madison is important for future growth.  Emphasis on increasing our economic development will add the much-needed revenue necessary to maintain our infrastructure.

Working together we will help ensure a brighter future for Madison.

Madison Education

Madison Education

 

Madison is a bright growing city.  Its future is intertwined with maintaining our exceptional school system.  I pledge to work with Madison School Board to offer the students a superior  educational experience.

Approximately 1,800 Madison City students are living in Limestone County for which Madison does not receive property and sales taxes and TVA monies.  This creates a shortfall of approximately $1.7 Million to the Madison schools.  The State Board of Education, without notice, omitted the Madison City School students who lived in Limestone County from the Madison County apportionment for TVA funds.  Resolving this funding issue will take the efforts of our State Legislature.   The Limestone property tax issue is currently tied up in court.  Ongoing negotiations could resolve the property tax impasse thus ending the lawsuit.  The City Council’s role is to give the City’s full support to our Madison City Superintendent and School Board as well as our State Legislators as they work to resolve these issues.  Common sense dictates it is only fair that the funds be distributed where the children are attending school.

 

Public Safety

Public Safety

The American flag flies at half-staff far too often.  Public safety requires that we give full support to our law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMT personnel so that they can be vigilant on our behalf.  Your family’s safety is of the highest importance.

I also wish to explore ways to foster trust between the citizens of Madison and those who protect us.