I am enthusiastically casting my vote for Micah Olson for Eden Prairie City Council. I don’t believe I’ve been this committed to cast my vote for a City Council candidate in my entire life. And I’ll explain why.
Eden Prairie is a great city. But Micah doesn’t focus simply on the good things that have been done – he looks ahead to how things could be done better.
As a longtime resident, I’m frustrated at the Southwest Light Rail. It’s nine years late and over budget by $1.5 billion. I’m also concerned about what that could mean for our city’s public safety. I’ve spoken with Micah, and I greatly appreciate his thoughtful approach to addressing these concerns. He is committed to working with residents and public institutions to find solutions.
I’m also concerned about the cost of living in Eden Prairie. The City Council is proposing another 4.5% tax-levy increase for 2023, which will be voted on this December. Many people I know are on a fixed income. Rising property taxes are squeezing their budgets and making it difficult to keep up with the rising living costs. We need someone like Micah to watch out for property taxpayers.
Eden Prairie is changing and growing, and I believe it’s time for the next generation of leadership. I see more and more young families moving into my neighborhood. I think of them and believe our City Council should be represented by someone in that generation who understands those concerns.
That’s why I’m voting for Micah Olson. I hope you will too.
Corey Miltimore, Eden Prairie
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