This is the final profile of candidates who have filed for the Pratt City Commission. The election is April 2. A story later this week will include candidates who are running uncontested for Boards of Education and Pratt Community College Board of Trustees.
Name: Jeff Taylor
Family: Married for 32 years to Sandy. Three grown children. Vanessa, Tyson and wife Victoria, Zachary and wife Suzanna.
Work/professional experience: Owner of Taylor Printing, Inc., a business in Pratt since 1962. I have been employed there for 38 years. I also own an investment company that has commercial rental property in the City of Pratt.
Political experience: Pratt City Commissioner for 21 years, mayor for 5 years.
Community involvement: Elder at Trinity Evangelical Church. Past President and Board Member of Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce. Board member of The People's Bank. Founding member of Leadership 2000. Rotary club member. Steering committee member for South Central Kansas Youth for Christ.
Why are you running for this office? I enjoy being a part of the growth the City of Pratt has seen over the past several years. The City of Pratt has partnered with the progressive people of Pratt to achieve this growth. We have an excellent group of employees working for the city and they are under the leadership of forward thinking and knowledgable department heads. All this is topped off by our City Manager, Dave Howard, who has done a fantastic job negotiating contracts for the city, managing 80-plus employees and a $26 million budget. Participating in municipal government allows me to serve the community, partner with progressive people, and ensure a bright future for the next generation.
What do you believe are the top 3 priorities for the city in the next three years and your stance on each?
• A new 10 year comprehensive plan: This will provide a blueprint for future growth in all areas of the city.
• Address the housing shortage brought on by the influx of energy industry employees moving to Pratt:
I support housing projects in our community such as the 48 unit rental complex that is being proposed on East Sixth Street and the new housing development in the Sandycreek area.
• Keep Pratt affordable
Because of economic growth within the city, we have been able to reduce the City's mill levy by 5 mills over the last 10 years. My goal is to continue to keep the City's portion of the property tax from increasing by pursuing economic growth.
My diverse business experience enables me to provide strong, progressive leadership to accomplish these 3 goals.