Don Jaynes, a certified public accountant who previously was a community member of the city’s former finance advisory committee, is in his first race for city commission.
He provided written responses to questions posed by the Richmond Register.
Should funding should be restored to the Parks and Recreation Department which saw the biggest reduction in the 2012-13 budget?
“We need to raise the parks budget, if for no other reason than to compensate (employees) for wages lost and to purchase new equipment, or at least good used equipment.”
Is the number of firefighters, 52, which is two below budgeted strength, adequate?
“This is not a commissioner’s or mayor’s call. The city manager and the fire chief should determine if we are understaffed.”
How to fix the city's storm-water problems, and pay for it.
“I believe our entire system is undersized. We need to take a long, hard look at this, but not too long. I have walked the streets and have been disappointed the city has never brought our older streets up to par. I believe the only way to finance this project is with bonds. The golf course will be paid off soon, and money used for that bond payment could go toward this project. Our citizens already have too many fees and taxes. Sidewalks and curbs should be a part of this upgrade.
Rezoning corner of Barnes Mill Road and Lancaster Avenue for a student housing complex?
“Assuming we have a competent planning and zoning board, the city commission should concur with its findings, unless there are compelling reasons not to.”
Funding, promoting the Human Rights Commission.
“The Human Rights Commission should be given necessary funding. Equal rights should be applied to all people!”
Should Richmond ban discrimination based on sexual orientation?
“I don’t believe these folks should be discriminated against. Ours laws and court already provide protection for all people. I am a Bible-believing Baptist, and I don’t agree with their lifestyle, but I am not going to judge them. Some of my good friends are gay, and I care about them.”