|Running for||Austintown Fiscal Officer|
|Education||Austintown Fitch Graduate 1975 Youngstown State University Graduate 1982 C.A.G.A, Certified Appraisers Guild of America 2011|
Certified Personal Property Appraiser
|Family||Tammy McClain Basista spouse. Children: Angela Denari, Dale Lee Basista, Seth Basista|
|Reasons for running||My wife and I have raised three children in this community to succesful adulthood. I feel it is the time in my life to give back to my community by serving Austintown in this position. I have been succesful in managing my personal finances over the years as well as those of my previous employer. The job of Fiscal Officer is to keep the township records and oversee and safeguard the township funds, and work with the trustees to see monies are spent wisely and in the best interest of the residents. That is exactly what I intend to do. With the Penn National racino coming in next year, the position of Fiscal Officer will be even more crucial to the future well being of Austintown.|
|Priorities||Pay off the debt on the township's communication system upgrade, apply impact funds received from Penn National for what they were intended for, such as safety forces upgrades. Any future funds from Penn National can be applied to road and park improvements, and economic development.|
|Qualifications|| Over 20 years business management experience. 11 years experience preparing yearly and monthly budgets, revenue projections, expense projections, payroll, and employee management.
Studied accounting, finance, economics, business law, management and marketing among other things at Youngstown State University. Graduated with a BFA, with a double major in Business Administration and Fine Arts.
I have managed my own personal finances well over the years. I have never been audited by the IRS, never filed for bankruptcy, been sued, defaulted on a loan, or been denied credit. My credit score last time I checked was 820
|Positions on the issues||I am against any Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) agreement with the city of Youngstown. I would like to see vacant school properties turned into recreation areas for the surrounding neighborhoods and not be used for multi-unit housing.|