Another candidate has announced plans to seek the Ward 1 Canton City Council seat now held by retiring Councilman Bob Rush.
Bob Reilly, 51, an eight-year resident of Canton, said he plans to run on a platform of fiscal conservatism and no increase in taxes in the city election Nov. 5. Canton resident Sandy McGrew announced plans in May to seek the seat.
“I believe a budget of $23 million is a huge tax to cover our basic needs of police, fire, streets and debt of $40 million. I agree with Mayor (Gene) Hobgood to continue to look at ways to reduce expense,” Reilly said in making his announcement to run. “In addition, I would lobby to maintain current tax revenues over the next four or five years, as interest and inflation are low.”
Reilly said that Canton is a beautiful and desirable city in which to live, and with all the amenities and activities available there is no need to leave the city for entertainment.
The candidate said that as property values increase, he would lobby the council to reduce the property tax mills and business tax to maintain 2013’s tax revenues.
“I realize we have a lot of debt we must pay off, lake, YMCA, golf course to name a few. I believe we can maintain the city with the current budget with no reductions in city employees or disruption in current services,” Reilly said. “What I am saying is the city needs to take a breather and live with no increase in taxes over the tenure on the next council.”
Reilly has been married for 29 years, and he and his wife have lived in Cherokee County for 16 years and the city of Canton for eight years, he said in his announcement.
He has been in senior leadership positions for 20 years.
“I have been responsible for large budgets and managing P&L’s,” he said.
He served on the Cherokee Zoning Board of Appeals under part of Cherokee Board member Larry Singleton’s tenure, he said, as well as serving as a volunteer fireman when living in Louisiana.
“I am now in a position where I do not travel and can commit to attending all meetings, and would be available to all the citizens of Canton,” Reilly said in making the announcement.
Qualifying for the election is Aug. 26 to 30 and the qualifying fee is $63.