Archive for Thursday, March 13, 2003

A regular Joe to City Hall

City Council candidate Joe Hotujac brings “a common sense approach”

March 13, 2003

As a resident of Basehor for the past 27 years, Joseph Hotujac, a candidate for Basehor City Council, has more than just a passing interest in seeing the city prosper.

"This is a nice town," Hotujac said. "I would like to see us stay nice and honest as long as we can. I don't ever want anyone laughing at Basehor."

From the vantage view of his hilltop home on State Avenue, Hotujac has watched the city change drastically over the years from a bedroom community, to a city going through growing pains.

And it's those growing pains, such as an increasing mill levy, that has the long-time city resident most concerned.

He said should he win a City Council seat during the general election April 1, he would take steps to ease the tax burden of residents.

"If there is any way we could help people with taxes, we should," he said. "We shouldn't burden people that much. There should be some kind of medium somewhere."

There shouldn't be any question growth has affected Basehor and that some of those affects are not all positive, Hotujac said.

He said he's in favor of growth but only if it's a clear contribution to the city.

"We have a lot of property and people want to build on it and that's good," he said. "It just needs to be something we can use that's good."

In the past, Hotujac has voiced opposition to developments he thought harmful to the city. He's continued to do so by speaking in opposition at meetings where a proposed Miles Excavating industrial park has been discussed.

Hotujac calls his stance on growth "the common sense approach."

"This is a nice little city but I think we need to put the brakes on some of it," he said. "I want to see Basehor grow but I want to see nice businesses and nice buildings, and I want to see if we can support it. I want to see if the budget can support it."

Hotujac tied for fourth place with 72 votes among City Council candidates during the primary election Feb. 25. Hotujac said he doesn't intend to campaign much before the general election.

But should he win a seat April 1, Hotujac promises only one thing: "When I start something I don't give up until its done," he said. "When something is wrong I want to get to the bottom of it."

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