I am asking for your vote May 11th, 2021 to elect Chris Kostik as Mayor of Credit River
May 11th, 2021 will be a historic day in Credit River, as the residents will elect the first Mayor and Council. This will formally create the newest city in the State of Minnesota, the City of Credit River. This has been a long process that began more than ten years ago. With the current population closing in on 6,000 residents, and forecasted growth to continue, the township form of government is no longer adequate for Credit River. Becoming the City of Credit River will allow us to control our own destiny. I have worked hard for the residents of Credit River since I was elected to the Town Board in 2013. As the leaders of Credit River, we have kept the tax levy low, and facilitated responsible development.
I am asking for your vote to lead the first City of Credit River Council and continue the work that the current Board has already begun. There are many choices in this election, be sure to research their experience. Experience, knowledge of our City, and consistency will be key to a successful transition to the City of Credit River. This could be the most important time to vote in Credit River history.
Please read the content of this page to learn about my experience and accomplishments. If you have questions, or want to help with my campaign please reach out to me.
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Chris Kostik Files to become the City of Credit River's First Mayor
March 2, 2021
May 11th, 2021 will be a historic day in Credit River, and the residents will elect the first Mayor and Council and officially create the City of Credit River. Chris Kostik a 24-year resident and the current Credit River Board Chair has filed as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Credit River. Chris Kostik has been active in Credit River for many years, and was elected to the Credit River Town Board in 2013. Since 2016 through the current year Chris has been elected by his fellow Board members as the Credit River Town Board Chairman. Under Chris’ leadership the Credit River tax levy was kept low and stable. The annual audits provided by Abdo Eick & Meyers LLP have always been clean with no anomalies. Chris has served as Credit River Board liaison to the surrounding municipalities and formed relationships with leaders at Scott County, City of Prior Lake, City of Savage, City of Lakeville, Spring Lake Township, and Metropolitan Council.
Credit River Accomplishments under Chris Kostik’s Leadership:
Incorporation- “From a financial perspective, the Township form of government is no longer adequate to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Credit River Township.”-2020 Financial Implications of Incorporation for Credit River Township Study performed by Elhers Public Finance Advisors. Discussions of incorporating as the City of Credit River began more than ten years ago. In 2017 as the pace of development in the area increased, the Credit River Board proactively began the final steps to become the City of Credit River. In January 2021, Administrative Law Judge Jessica A. Palmer-Denig ordered that Credit River shall become the City of Credit River. If this order was not granted Credit River would have faced annexations by the surrounding cities. These annexations would remove significant areas of land from the Credit River tax capacity. The City of Credit River will be well suited to manage itself well into the future.
AA+ Bond Rating- Credit River uses general obligation improvement bonds to finance road projects. Credit River has obtained an AA+ Bond Rating from Standard and Poor’s Global Rating. This high rating was issued due to Credit River’s strong management controls and financial strength and stability. This provides significant interest savings to Credit River. Only 27 cities in Minnesota have a better credit rating.
Tax Rate- “Credit River Township has maintained a fairly steady tax rate since 2013, after the systemic market value declines of the Great Recession.” -2020 Financial Implications of Incorporation for Credit River Township Study performed by Elhers Public Finance Advisors. The tax rate in Credit River has hovered around 14% compared with other nearby municipalities that have tax rates of 32%-42%. This has been accomplished by not allowing spending to outpace increases in market value or development.
Transportation- Chris has worked on many transportation projects that are significant to Credit River. Some projects of significance include: County Road 27 corridor study that will result in the 2021-2022 expansion project of CR21. Natchez & CR21 stoplight, working with Scott County and area residents to encourage the installation of a stoplight at this dangerous intersection. Credit River Road Capital Improvement Plan, this is a living document that requires continuous review to keep the roads maintained. As a city with a population over 5,000, Credit River will be eligible to receive Municipal State Aid for road projects in Credit River. The MSA funding is expected to be $250,000-$300,000 annually.
Broadband- During the COVID-19 pandemic the need for reliable high-speed internet was exposed in areas of Credit River. Utilizing $300,000 of 2020 Federal CARES Act funding Credit River partnered with Scott County and contracted with Netwave Broadband to install “Fixed Point Wireless Broadband” to Credit River residents.
Public Safety- Working with our partners Prior Lake Fire Department and Scott County Sheriff, Credit River is well positioned to protect its residents. Notable Items that Chris Kostik has key involvement in:
2020 extension of the Fire Services agreement with Prior Lake Fire Department.
2021 Scott County Sheriff agreement for a dedicated Patrol Deputy in Credit River.
Planning & Zoning- Since 1976 Scott County has provided planning and zoning in Credit River. Working with the Metropolitan Council the Credit River Board completed a 2040 Comprehensive plan. This plan sets goals, policies, and recommendations for land use, transportation, utilities, and more for the next 20 years. Following the adoption of the 2040 Comp plan the Credit River Board developed and enacted zoning ordinances and assumed responsibilities for planning and zoning in Credit River from Scott County. This eliminates a step in the building permit process and keeps all revenue generated by permits in Credit River. In recent years this has been more than $200,000 annually.
Public Meetings During COVID- 2020 brought an unusual situation. Under Minnesota State mandates, the Credit River Board could not meet in person or allow residents to attend in person. The Board quickly adopted the necessary technology to allow Credit River Board members and residents to participate remotely. Opening these meetings up remotely to the public has encouraged more participation from Credit River residents.
Mark May 11th on your calendar!
The upcoming historic special election to elect the first Mayor and Council in Credit River could be one of the most important in the 160+ year history of Credit River
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Prior Lake, MN 55372