Lee Miller is running for re-election to the Anna City Council Place 6. Miller has been a tax accountant for 20 years.
Miller said he ran because he wanted to see a change, yet continues to run to make sure the city stays on the positive path.
“I ran three years ago because I felt things needed to change,” he said. “I didn’t feel the council was listening to and working for the citizens. Economic development policies were misguided at best and needs like new police and fire stations were being ignored. New leadership and culture over the last 18 months has changed the dynamics of our city. I’m running again in hopes we can continue this progress.”
Before being elected in 2016, Miller served several years on the Economic and Community Development Corporations as well as the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“Our city is reaching a size that allows us to be more than a bedroom community,” he said. “My wife and I struggled like most, looking to balance our children’s activities with a little time to relax ourselves. Constantly, we would work, pack up kids and go right back where we came from spending our time and money in other cities.”
Miller said the city should begin to aggressively pursue relationships that will bring sports and leisure activities to the community.
“They do not need to be owned and operated by Anna, but we can give economic incentives to create partnerships,” Miller said.
Miller said that a community center, library and a recreation department would be wonderful assets to Anna.
“We clearly are in need of additional staff in our city’s fire and police facilities,” he said. “This is a double-edged sword because not only are we short people, but we are losing talented individuals to other cities because of low pay. This will need to be addressed soon. It will be a challenge since an ultimate goal is to continue to reduce our city’s property tax rate.”
Miller said developing the commercial base in Anna is crucial to growth. He said it is kind of like a marriage; “entice the business with incentives, treat them well by spending locally and keep them by maintaining a positive, healthy environment.”
Miller said he will not solicit votes, he wants the citizens to figure out what they want out of the city.
“I will never ask for a vote, nor will I place signs all over the city,” he said. “I’m tired of looking at them. My thought is if you need a sign to tell you who to vote for maybe you should stay home. What I will ask, is that you research and educate yourself on the issues that are important to you.”