In meeting with my constituents, I am frequently asked about my thoughts and experiences on taxes. In 2005 I ran for the 8th district Alderman seat in Marshfield, because I was tired of high taxes, as well as an expanding local government. I have never voted for a tax increase, and in the last 7 years our city tax rate has either decreased or remained the same, and the size of our city government, excluding protective services, has declined. As Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee, my committee and I have taken a hard line on costs and we have not seen our services decline. Having local government experience and understanding shared revenues and budgets, is essential for our small towns and cities. I have this experience and am proud of the work I have done in Marshfield.