Please allow me a moment to share a little about myself in case we haven’t had the opportunity to meet. I am David Wallace, your Hamilton Township Trustee and I live in Hopewell Valley with my wife, Erin, and our two daughters. I am an Iraq-war veteran and currently serve full-time as a Major in the Ohio Army National Guard where I serve as a Brigade Logistics Officer.
When I ran for office almost four years ago, I made several commitments to you, the taxpayer. Those promises included improving & maintaining community safety, restoring fiscal accountability and protecting the taxpayer’s interests. That’s why the theme of my reelection campaign this year has been “promises made and promises kept.”
We have done all that and much more.
We can proudly report that fiscal accountability has been restored. When I was first elected, Ohio’s State Auditor had just placed the township in fiscal emergency. Our books were in total disarray and we quickly instituted important changes and made the necessary corrections that allowed the fiscal emergency to be removed – in record time!
During the process of regaining fiscal accountability and getting a firm grip on our finances, we were able to permanently cut taxes and improve Township services. That’s money that belongs in your pocket and not the Township’s bank account for bureaucrats to spend.
Among the many fixes that we put into place to “right the ship’ was the implementation of professional accounting software, the production of monthly financial reports, monthly public reporting of results and a complete system of financial checks and balances. In addition, I led the fight to put the Township’s checkbook and financial data online – for all to see. We are now statewide leaders in fiscal transparency.
The second area where we made great improvement was community safety. Over the past three years, the township has invested over $1.8 million in road improvement projects. The township has improved our fire department with the hiring of a new fire chief, a full-time fire/zoning inspector, the purchase of a new fire engine along with updating numerous safety items for our firefighters and paramedics. Our police officers are now equipped with an updated vehicle fleet, new rifles, and more educational opportunities for professional development. This is all being led by a new police chief that we brought on board last year.
Finally, we protected the taxpayers by being good stewards of their tax dollars. This year we switched our Township employee health insurance to a Health Savings Account just like many in the private sector currently use. By exiting a horribly overpriced government consortium health plan, our employees are able to maintain great health insurance while saving taxpayers over $300,000 annually! In addition, we are making many improvements at Testerman Park by installing a new playground, refurbishing tennis & basketball courts, and completing a renovation of the concession stand.
I never really thought I would ever serve as an elected official. However, four years ago I saw problems in our Township and I knew I could help. Please do me a favor, spread the word to your friends and family that I need their support on Election Day to continue serving as your Township Trustee.
I appreciate your consideration & support and ask for your vote this November.