Phil Urban says he wants to keep the city of Leavenworth’s tax level flat and carryout projects in a way that brings a “bigger bang for your buck.”
Urban, who currently serves on the commission, has filed for another term.
He is one of six people who filed for the City Commission this year. The other candidates are Keith Melick, Davis Moulden, Mark Preisinger, Charles Raney Jr. and Lisa Weakley. Moulden and Preisinger currently serve on the commission. Weakley previously served on the commission.
No primary will be necessary. The general election will be April 2. Three at-large commission seats will be up for election. Two candidates will be elected to four-year terms. A third candidate will be elected to a two-year term.
Urban served on the commission from 1993 to 2007. In 2011, he returned to the commission after being elected to a two-year term. He’s served two one-year stints as the mayor.
Each year, the five city commissioners choose one of their own to serve as mayor.
Urban said he probably won’t do much campaigning this year.
“I think a lot of people know me,” he said.
And he feels he has a track record.
Urban said, during his first stint on the commission, there were increases in the city’s mill levy even though he didn’t support them.
But he said there was a major change in the makeup of the commission in 2001. And since that time, the city’s mill levy has stayed almost flat.
His goal is to maintain that tax level.
Urban said the change in the commission also led to a decrease in the city’s indebtedness.
When it comes to city projects, Urban said he feels he has worthwhile input as a small business owner and property owner.
He owns Urban Music Store as well as rental properties.
He said he has experience keeping costs down by operating a small business.
“You learn a lot by doing things yourself,” he said.
One city project noted by Urban is a new Animal Control shelter, which is estimated to cost $2.2 million.
“I know we need a new facility,” he said.
But based on what’s been presented to him, he believes costs for the project can be tightened up. He said he doesn’t want the new facility to be a lean-to shed, but it doesn’t have to be the Taj Mahal.
“It doesn’t have to have every single bell and every single whistle on it,” he said.