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• POLITICAL AFFILIATION: Democrat
• AGE: 61
• EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS: Providence High School, 1964; Belleramine University, 1964-1966
• CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Founded Galligan Construction, 1968; Irish Park Construction, 1980 until 1996; Elected Mayor of Jeffersonville 1996; Re-Elected Mayor 2000; Elected Democrat Nominee for Mayor, 2007
• FAMILY NOTES: Divorced, Father of Four (Annette Guepe, Charles Galligan, William Galligan and Jennifer Romans); Grandfather of Six (Torry and Kyle Guepe; Gavin and Cole Galligan; Drew Riech and Kinley Romans)
1) What is your primary reason for seeking this position?
“I was the mayor of Jeffersonville from 1996 until 2004. During that eight year period we were able to grow Jeffersonville's economy, bring in good paying jobs and enhance the quality of life of the people of our great city. Over the past four years growth and development have slowed substantially in Jeffersonville. I am running because you deserve more and together we can return Jeffersonville to its status as a showplace for other communities to emulate. Together, we must renew our commitment to excellence. Jeffersonville deserves leadership dedicated to lowering property taxes without cutting services. We must be responsible and do the right things to protect or citizens and taxpayers to ensure the quality of life that they deserve.”
2) If elected, which issue is your priority to address first and what is your suggested solution?
“The major issue facing all cities and towns in Indiana is property taxes. Homeowner's are faced with a staggering burden and are expected to fund not only city government but county government, schools, welfare and jails. This is expensive and it is unfair to rely solely upon property owners to pay the total cost of these services. One method of lowering property taxes is to attract new businesses and new development. New business adds to the tax base and reduces the amount individuals must pay on their homes. Today, without adding new taxes or cutting services this is the only way to decrease property taxes. During my two terms as mayor property tax rates decreased. This was unprecedented in the history of Jeffersonville. Another method is to decrease services. This is unacceptable. I will run the City efficiently but I will not reduce the number of policemen or firemen who protect our city nor will I cut any essential City services. Finally, there is a progressive approach that requires changes in state law. Our legislature can either completely eliminate property taxes by raising income and sales tax or reduce property taxes by 30% by a smaller increase in income and sales tax. At a minimum, I strongly favor the Indiana Farm Bureau proposal that will decrease your property taxes by 30%. As your next mayor I will strive to reduce your property taxes by attracting new businesses and development, but I will also advocate, lobby and promote the adoption of a new method of funding government.”