Are minorities adequately represented and treated fairly in the city workforce?
Based on personal experience, but not statistics, “I don’t believe there is fair representation of minorities, and I will discuss this with the city manager.”
How to promote, redevelop downtown?
“Downtown business owners should start their own association and promote activities that would draw people downtown. Remember, businesses outside of downtown also would like funds for promotions.”
Allowing drinks to be served after 9 p.m. on Sundays.
“There is nothing magical or spiritual about 9 p.m. Our city allows drink sale on Sunday and other cities around us allow such after 9 p.m. Change this.
Critique of the past two years.
“The citizens must realize the budget was balanced before the incumbents took office. If you go back to the January 2011 finance committee meeting, you will see the previous commission projected a surplus of approximately $500,000 for the year ending June 2011. That commission made the cuts, such as doing away with a separate 911 service that cost the city $700,000 a year. With the finance committee’s help, the city manager and finance director brought the budget into balance.
Goals if elected.
“The biggest problem we have is not finances. It’s a government that isn’t operating according to law. Back in the early 1970s, we voted to change to the city manager form of government. With this system, the city manager is chief financial officer and calls the day-to-day shots. The commissioners and mayor are primarily legislators, charged with setting policy and long-range planning.
“The city manager system works best with an experienced, educated city manager who consults with and values the opinions of department heads. The city manager, hired by the commission, prepares a budget for the commissioners’ approval, then works to stay within it.
The mayor and commission should allow the city manager system to function as it’s designed. If I’m elected, that is the type government we’ll have.”