Dan's Plan for Harrisburg
"Harrisburg is a beautiful, historic, vibrant and diverse community, that I proudly call home. Our city currently suffers from uncertainty related to troubled city finances and decaying infrastructure caused by a mismanaged City Government. It’s time to end the decline and begin building a better future. I believe the best way for the city of Harrisburg to solve its long term financial challenges is to expand its tax base through growth, not to tax residents more. To do this, we need new leadership. My vision for Harrisburg’s recovery is founded on getting back to the basics and ensuring our revival is not only felt in center city but in every one of our neighborhoods." –Dan Miller
Transparent and Responsive Government
As a former Vice President of City Council, Dan had a
successful record of working with City officials and will bring that skill set
to the Mayor’s office. Dan believes the Mayor and city council should have an
improved working relationship. More so, every resident deserves to know how
every penny of his or her tax money is spent and what projects are ongoing
throughout the city. Dan wants to build upon the City Controller website (www.HarrisburgCityController.com) and
provide transparency in all aspects of Harrisburg City Government.
City finances have been under the microscope for years with no solution. Dan is ready to take charge and lead Harrisburg out of deficit and debt. Dan is a financial professional with more than 30 years experience including 8 years of city government experience that uniquely positions him to implement a comprehensive financial solution. In the short term, Dan will focus on streamlining city operations to reduce costs and improve government response. Dan will also develop a long term strategy for a solvent and fiscally responsible Harrisburg.
City residents deserve safe streets and well protected
neighborhoods. But, there is growing concern that Harrisburg’s streets are
becoming less safe. Although we can implement reforms that allow a more
proactive approach to the problem, we can’t rely on law enforcement alone to
meet the challenge. We need to develop comprehensive neighborhood based
strategies that recognize the complexity of the problem and work in tandem with
community leaders to solve it.
Improved Quality of Life
Providing essential and effective services to Harrisburg’s residents is city government’s primary responsibility. We must improve and update operations so that the city can efficiently repair our deteriorating infrastructure and optimize other services. We need to collaborate with neighborhood leaders, local non-profits, and regional organizations to establish priorities and ensure that we are working together in the best interests of city residents. By emphasizing green initiatives such as increased gardening, composting, and recycling, the city will create a more alluring and resourceful character. A bike and pedestrian friendly city will attract more residents.
In order to properly address the city’s financial crisis we
need to spur growth and development in addition to identifying cost saving
initiatives. We must develop a 5 to 10 year economic plan to incorporate
strategic methods that create growth. We can use well established tools such as
tax abatement to strategically target vacant lots and buildings for
development. But, we must also be open to new ideas in which the city can help
businesses and new residents prosper. We must also work diligently to change
the city’s image regionally as well as nationally. Investors, whether home
buyers or businesses, balance many factors when deciding where to locate.
Delivery of basic city services, quality of life and faith in the area’s future
are prominent among them.
SPECIAL NOTE ON EDUCATION
Although most have no direct role, Mayors around the country are becoming more involved with education in their cities. They understand how critically important good schools are in promoting their city’s economic development and its image. Dan realizes that finding ways to improve our children’s education plays a critical role in Harrisburg’s future. He will be an active participant in the debate as we face the challenge of closing the achievement gap and raising the graduation rate.