published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Miller excited about AP's future
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
AVON PARK - Paul Miller is running for re-election to the Avon Park City Council.
"Three years ago I just knew Avon Park needed a change. I ran before the people to make a better city for the residents," he said recently.
He is proud of the work the council and city have accomplished in the last three years. He gives City Manager Julian Deleon most of the credit.
"Julian is doing a great job," he said. "He's had to make hard decisions, cutting the deadwood and people who are not working hard for the city. Avon Park is in better shape than it's been in decades. He's running a more efficient city and made it a ton of money.
"We've lowered the city's debt from about $6 million to a little over $1 million. Water and sewer rates are down. Tax millage, too. We want to bring it down again next year, to where we can entice new businesses into the city. Other taxes (in the county) are going up; in Avon Park we're different."
One of the toughest decisions he had to make as a councilor, Miller said, was voting to transfer law enforcement to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office at the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1.
"I was originally opposed," he said, "but I now support the change. I think people will see an improvement in service, and we're saving money."
Miller is excited about the city's future.
"We're moving forward," he said. "We've started the new (automatic collection) garbage system at no charge to residents, and started the first recycling program in the county. All the new garbage and recycling containers were paid for in cash by the city."
He also points to the city's aggressive annexation policy, which he says will benefit the city, increasing revenue by selling more water and expanding sewer service. "Hopefully, we'll be debt free in a year or so."
Miller is motivated by a love for the city where he has lived for 32 years. He worked for 18 years at the bombing range. He is now retired, but more active than ever. He volunteers at Meals on Wheels and helps with the football and baseball programs at the high school. He runs the chains during home football games.
Miller also is an active member of Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church.
He believes in open government and is available to residents.
"People in Avon Park can call me at any time, and city hall will take any call."
He feels the best way to keep up with council policies and decisions is to attend the city council meetings, which take place on the second and fourth Monday of each month. "We'd like to see you," he said.
"We've had rough times (over the last three years)," he said, "but we've had a lot of good times too.
"I'm for the people. I want to make Avon Park a place people are proud of."
HUNGRY (by: observer - 10/27/2012)
You can not vote for Miller. At one point, there were over 100 employees, but only 4 lived actually lived in the City limits. You enjoyed getting your hefty pay check from the City, but would not committ to living there and being a part of the community. Your racist nature is true to your character.
Paul Miller (by: HUNGRY - 10/25/2012)
Paul Miller, since you volunteer for the MEALS on WHEELS, I am one of the employees Julian took their job so I need you to bring me some food. My life has been hunger and pure hell in all aspects since I have no job now. I would not vote for you or any other of the present council. WE NEED NEW PEOPLE IN COUNCIL, people who care about other people. I do not think you are much of a christian calling us DEADWOOD. We all worked hard at our jobs. Seems you are just as bad as Julian DeLeon. He should go back to CUBA and all you council should be made to go with him.
Just a thought... (by: Ray Napper - 10/18/2012)
When you are finally going in the right direction why would you change course? Go vote your mind and then your heart. Good luck to all the candidates for office. It takes special people to stand the abuse of elections.
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