first_imgMEET JUSTIN ELPERS 5TH WARD CITY COUNCIL MEMBERJustin Elpers, a Republican, was elected to the City Council in 2015.  Elpers has the reputation of being a social and fiscal conservative.  In 2017 by a bipartisan vote, he served as Vice President of the City Council.Elpers has been teaching social studies for thirteen years.  Eleven of those years have been at Harrison High School.  At Harrison High School, Elpers serves on the Scholarship Committee and is the Social Studies academic coach.  One of his goals after getting elected was to get his students more active in their local government.  His social media posts you will find his students picking up trash in the community, & giving informative presentations.  Justin is married to Alisann Elpers.  They have been married for over 11 years and have 4 children.  Their children are James 10, Patrick 7, Charlie 5 and Anni June 13 months.  They are members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  For fun, they like to play family soccer games in the backyard, swim and have a family movie night.   Justin is a strong proponent of small government and keeping taxes low.  During the 2017 & 2018 Budget Hearings, Elpers proposed large cuts to the budget to solve the negative balances and voted no on both the property tax increase and the income tax increase.Elpers believes in holding groups accountable.  For example, ECHO housing is currently under investigation because their director improperly used taxpayer funds for personal use. As a result, Elpers drafted a finance ordinance to withhold taxpayer funds to ECHO housing until after the investigation has concluded.  Having a strong economy is also important to Elpers.  He strongly supported relaxing the parking requirements in the new Overlay Zone for Franklin St.  The new Overlay Zone for Franklin St. will attract new business growth and create more jobs.  Tax-Abatement is another economic tool Elpers supports.  Working with the Growth Alliance, Elpers has approved Tax Abatement status for TaylorMade Golf, Berry Global, & Imperial Fasteners.  As a result, these companies will make over $75 million in investments and create over 200+ jobs.  Justin Elpers is principled, trustworthy, & hardworking.  He has a strong faith in God and always puts his family first.  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

World Cup bid investigator Michael Garcia quits FIFA ethics committee

first_imgMichael Garcia, the American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process, has resigned from the FIFA ethics committee in protest over the handling of his findings.Garcia cited a “lack of leadership” at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement on Wednesday.He also says he lost confidence in the independence of his ethics committee colleague, German judge Joachim Eckert.last_img