Glenn was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Glenn was raised on hard work and helped run the farm until he left for college. Glenn earned the money for his college education by working as Road Superintendant in Sadsbury Township and milking multiple herds of dairy cows.
He attended Penn State University and graduated with a degree in accounting. Starting his career in Baltimore, Maryland with Coopers & Lybrand, the predecessor of PWC, the world’s largest accounting and consulting firm, Glenn progressed fast in the business world. Later, he worked in this capacity at several real estate companies located in Bethesda, Maryland, Chicago, Illinois and Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2009, Glenn left the corporate world to start Grossman Insurance Agency in Cave Creek. Glenn and his wife, Tracey, have operated the Agency together for the last 14 years. Glenn and Tracey head a family with four grown children. Kelly, Mark and Shelby live in California and Maddy lives in Arizona.
Glenn is a life-long conservative and Christian who wants to add his voice and efforts to protect Carefree as an incredible place to live and work. He has lived here since 2006 and loves his community. His wife, Tracey, has lived in Carefree since 1987.
Glenn has been a member of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for the last 12 years. Glenn and Tracey have both participated in events that support the Chamber such as the Annual Wine Festival ticket sales and participating in the Chamber's Ambassador program. Glenn recently participated in the Foothills Food Bank's first annual recycling fair.
Additionally, Glenn was a member of the Scottsdale Mounted Sheriff's Posse for 5 years.
Glenn loves his country and his community. Glenn feels it's important to be involved in our local government. He believes his unique skills and abilities are what is needed at this time and in our community.
No property taxes!!
We want Carefree living for life! Property taxes are an unnecessary burden on Carefree citizens. They also reduce our property values by a multiple of the annual payment. We all bought and own real estate without local property taxes and we should make every effort to keep it that way.
Our town is now funded by three sources: Sales tax, user fees and state revenue sharing. Sales tax is by far the largest portion of revenue. In 2021, sales taxes were over $4.8 million without any bed tax from the Hampton Inn. Our town budget projects $4.2 million for 2023. The Hampton Inn is now taking reservations, so bed tax revenues are on the way to the town coffers. That should generate an increase in sales taxes for 2023, not a decrease.
I believe in financial transparency and accountability. Regardless of who is elected for Mayor and Town Council, I will serve to hold them financially responsible for their decisions.
Our current tax base will adequately fund town services, including:
Fire and Emergency Services through the Rural Metro Fire Department (RMFD) contract. RMFD has done a good job, so we should stay with them. Our response times average under 3 ½ minutes. RMFD has two engines at Carefree station now, so we have internal back-up for fire and emergency medical protection. Additionally, RMFD brings back-up equipment to Carefree whenever a sole emergency vehicle is deployed. That gives us an “internal aid” resource. Notwithstanding my analysis, if Carefree citizens want Automatic Aid, it needs to be paid for without property taxes being levied.
The Public Safety Advisory Committee solicited bids for fire and emergency services earlier this year. RMFD bid $1.85 million, Daisey Mountain bid $2.4 million plus up-front costs of $515,000, Scottsdale Fire Department bid $2.9 million plus $646,000 up-front costs. So, the only bid within the current budget is RMFD. If we want automatic aid, the budget will need to be adjusted and the up-front costs should come from the town’s reserves. However, it should be put to vote by the citizens of Carefree.
Our current town leadership has put us on a dangerous path of high cost for water service in Carefree by the acquisition of 530 homes’ water service from Cave Creek. A bond issue has already encumbered Carefree with a total of $32 million over the next 30 years for water service to homes that already had water service. This is not responsible or prudent.
The budget for conversion to Carefree water service may not be adequate to finish the project. If so, we will have to issue more bonds or raise rates to fund the overages. This is not a popular idea outside of the new service areas. It should have been put to a vote on the ballot. Instead, the Carefree Water Consolidation Project was initiated by the Mayor and council members without a actual vote. That is a good example of how not to make Carefree public service changes.
I believe in transparency. Because of that belief, I endorse the ballot initiative to change our rules for eminent domain. I don't believe we should unwind an existing project; however, I do believe we should put future takings to a citizen vote.
Carefree for Life!! No property taxes!
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