Mequon’s newly elected mayor, John Wirth, will prioritize maintaining low tax rates and public safety while also continuing to develop the community itself.
Wirth recently won the April 2 election with 4,704 votes, or 58.3 percent, to receive the win over opponent Brian Schneider, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wirth will replace Mayor Dan Abendroth, who chose not to seek re-election this year. Concordia University of Wisconsin played a role in the election process by hosting both mayoral candidates for a cosponsored City of Mequon Mayoral Forum that was open to the public.
According to Wirth’s campaign website, he is a 40-year resident of Mequon and has been involved in the city’s government for around 20 years. Wirth started out by serving on volunteer boards and commissions, until he was elected to the Mequon Common Council in 2001 where he served over 15 years. Prior to the mayoral election, Wirth served as President of the Mequon Common Council.
At the top of Wirth’s agenda, according to his campaign website, will be working to keep taxes low, as Mequon has one of the lowest city tax rates in the state. Mequon is also one of the highest ranked communities for safety in Wisconsin. Wirth plans to maintain this ranking by advocating for the local police, fire, and ambulance services. This will be done by proactively planning for any new potential safety challenges as well as staying prepared for any current challenges that may arise.
Along with taxes and safety, Wirth will prioritize growth of the community. Wirth has been a longtime advocate for Mequon’s roadways, and will continue to keep them in good condition while repairing the ones that require attention. Wirth also plans to incorporate more restaurants and local businesses while maintaining the rural feel of Mequon, as well as its strong sense of community.
Lastly, Wirth will work to improve Mequon’s current community. This includes maintenance and updates to the city’s pools, festivals, public library, and other community activities without raising taxes. He will prevent neighborhoods from being overrun with condominiums and preserve open spaces to promote conservation in an effort to prepare for the city’s future.
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Written by Gina Cuccio.