Frequently Asked Questions
What makes me the best candidate for City Council?
I am a wife, mom, small business owner, and lifelong resident of Dublin. I attended the Dublin school system K-12, and my two children are following in my footsteps. I love my community and have a passion to continue serving my fellow residents.
The invaluable experience of previously serving 8 years on the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission followed by 4 years on City Council has made me particularly familiar with how our municipal government works, and has allowed me to see first-hand the impact that development decisions have on our lives.
Dublin’s major source of revenue is directly related to how we use our land. It is vital that we use it to generate the funds we need to serve our residents at the high level of excellence they expect. Misusing our land puts our community funding out of balance, resulting in reduced services or higher taxes. That’s a poor choice, and one I will work hard to ensure our residents don’t have to make.
A vote for Chris Amorose Groomes for Dublin City Council will be a vote for servant leadership, a transparent process that welcomes public debate and a thorough public vetting of community investments, and a commitment to the highest level of quality in our development.
What’s the biggest issue Dublin will face over the next several years?
My family and I treasure the small-town feel and sense of community in Dublin. It’s only been about thirty remarkable years since Dublin grew from a Village to a City, but we’ve been a community of friends and neighbors since the early 1800’s.
As a city, our biggest challenge is managing growth in a fair, measured, deliberate way while retaining our precious sense of community. While a “city” is just a calculation of area and population, our “community” is our soul, an interwoven fabric of connected people.
As our population grows, so do our expenses. Our new citizens need new infrastructure (roads, water/sewer, utilities etc.), new services (schools, fire and EMS), and new social services (ADAMH, MRDD, children’s services, parks, libraries. etc.). Our challenge will be to keep Dublin’s government and people working closely together, funding our expenses fairly and uniformly, and cherishing our sense of community above all else.
Dublin uses many forms of economic incentives to attract and retain businesses – here’s what I think about this practice:
We live in a highly competitive marketplace, where businesses have many options to choose from when they consider whether to relocate or expand. I hope they’ll always choose Dublin because of our people, our business-friendly environment, and the quality of life we offer.
As a community, we invest to attract and retain business in many ways, including the much needed improvements at the 33/I-270 interchange; installing the most advanced fiber optics capabilities in the region; and extending Emerald Parkway to provide new sites for businesses to grow.
Like other communities in the region, Dublin also uses economic development agreements and direct incentives to entice business. But these tools must be used carefully, since they may divert taxes from our City, our Townships, and most importantly, our schools.
I would like to see Dublin rely a little less on these agreements, and a little more on the investments that directly improve the quality of life of our corporate and residential citizens. Ultimately, that’s the best business incentive there is.