Meet the Candidates: Life in Bay is great!
City Council and I have worked hard to maintain and improve Bay’s quality of life. That hard work has paid off… Bay Village has been consistently recognized by Cleveland Magazine as a top community, No. 1 in 2012; by Family Circle Magazine as 2012’s Top Ten Best Towns in America to raise a family; by Forbes Magazine for rapidly increasing housing values; and by Yahoo in 2013 for being a hip place to live.
We have also been recognized by the Auditor of State for excellence in financial reporting and I, along with the other Westshore Mayors, have been awarded the Taxpayer Hero Award for creative, collaborative approaches to saving tax dollars. I am the only candidate who stated I won’t raise your property taxes! But that doesn’t mean that Bay Village, like most communities, won’t face challenges in the years ahead.
The losses in state local government funding, reduced property tax revenues, the elimination of estate tax revenues, and unfunded EPA mandates will continue to pressure our budget. Having an experienced leadership team in place is critical to our continued calm and peaceful life.
Leadership is not easy – a mayor has to make sometimes unpopular decisions for the greater good when pandering to special interests would be so much easier. It takes strength, persistence, consensus-building and proven leadership skills to be Mayor. I am the best qualified candidate to deal with the challenges ahead.
I respectfully ask for your vote on Sept. 10. Thank you!
Mayor Debbie Sutherland
Mayor Sutherland has served as Mayor of the City of Bay Village since October 2000 and is the longest serving mayor in the City’s history.