My name is Jeff Savage. Born and raised in Des Moines, I made Polk City my home in December 2015. Not long after settling in, I began attending City Council meetings when I could, which deepened my understanding of local matters and initiatives. This experience solidified my desire to actively engage with and serve the community. In the fall of 2021, I participated in the inaugural Citizens Academy to deepen my understanding of our city's operations. By January 2022, I had joined the Parks Commission. This year, I contributed to the downtown assessment and volunteered at events like the Four Seasons Festival, RAGBRAI, and Fall Fest. Additionally, I've recently become a board member for the Polk City Friends of the Parks and joined Go Polk City.
Based on feedback that I have received from members of the community and through my civic service to date, my platform is built upon four core tenets: Fiscal Responsibility, Commercial Development, Equity, and Quality of Life. Under the banner of Fiscal Responsibility, I am committed to maintaining balanced budgets, managing sustainable debt levels, and emphasizing long-term planning. By judiciously allocating tax funds, my goal is to improve our residents' overall well-being, health, and safety. Additionally, I aim to lessen the tax strain on our community through efficient resource utilization and operating with transparency. Turning to Commercial Development, enhancing our city's commercial sectors is pivotal. This development provides the services our residents desire, alleviates their tax burdens, and helps fund community-driven projects. Equity isn't merely a belief for me; it's an essential cornerstone for every city resident. It underpins the foundation of a just and flourishing community. I pledge to champion this cause relentlessly, ensuring that all citizens have equal and fair opportunities to thrive. Lastly, under Quality of Life, I highly regard the amenities that enrich our daily experiences, be it parks, recreational centers, or city beautification initiatives. I support well-planned and appropriately financed projects that nurture these amenities, fostering a vibrant, healthy, and joyful community.
Growing up in Des Moines has given me cherished memories of my time in and around Polk City before making it my home. Whether swimming, fishing, boating at Saylorville, or cycling on the Neal Smith Trail, each experience was special. As a young child, I distinctly remember often stopping at the local bait and tackle shop, watching old fishermen discuss the one that got away before setting off to Big Creek for a long day of fishing. The allure of our downtown square, combined with the town's unique charm, has always held a place in my heart. This deep connection made Polk City my inevitable choice for settling down. Since moving here in 2015, the warm interactions with so many residents have further intensified my commitment to contribute positively to our community. I am a proud Polk City citizen and would be honored to represent you on the City Council.