SEBASTIAN – Sebastian Vice Mayor Jim Hill announced Tuesday that he will seek reelection to the office of Sebastian City Council in November. He seeks one of the two seats currently held by himself and Mayor Richard Gillmor.
“I believe my experience and leadership abilities have served this community well over the last two years as a member of the City Council, ” said Hill. “Now more then ever, during these very difficult financial times, we need to scrutinize every dollar spent by our government.” He said that he is proud that during his term in office that the city was able to cut property taxes by 17 percent last year and reduce city spending by $1 million.
“I believe with strong leadership we can continue to provide necessary services to the public and continue to reduce property taxes.”
During his time on the Sebastian City Council, the city has been the first to pass commercial property tax abatements to spur new jobs and to pass an emergency moratorium on pain clinics.
The city has also secured several million dollars in grant funding for airport hangar construction, purchasing property for the working waterfront project, and rebuilding Barber Street.
Hill previously served as Vice Mayor in 2002 on the Sebastian City Council and served as a City Council member for four years from 2000 to 2004. He has been a citizen of the city for 21 years.
He and his wife, Carleen, have been married for 16 years and have 3 daughters in the public school system Macie, Cayla, and Kendra.