Leon County Commission District 1: John Byrne/Bill Proctor

John Byrne

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?

PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:

• adequately staffing new and expanded libraries:
• operating County Parks and Recreation programs:
• supporting services for homeless:
• supporting arts and cultural activities:
• improving storm water and flood control infrastructure:
• offering economic development incentives:
• expanding public transportation & safer pedestrian and bicycle corridors:

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST AND LAST CHOICES. HOW WILL FUNDING YOUR SERVICE PRIORITIES AFFECT TAX RATES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM?


Candidate did not respond.

In 1991, the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan required that by 1993 county and city environmental regulations be unified and a single agency be focused on environmental and natural resources protection and management. However, at this time, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County each have their own environmental ordinances and codes.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENSURE THE UNIFICATION OF THESE REGULATIONS?
WHEN CODES DIFFER, UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU BELIEVE THE MORE OR LESS ENVIRONMENTALLY PROTECTIVE CODE SHOULD BE ADOPTED? PLEASE EXPLAIN.


Candidate did not respond.

WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN VENTURE CAPITAL FLOWING INTO INNOVATIONS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY WORLDWIDE, WHAT CAN AND SHOULD THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT'S ROLE BE IN INCENTIVIZING INCREASED ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND GROWTH IN GREEN ENERGY JOBS LOCALLY? HOW AND WHY WILL YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THE FOLLOWING POSSIBILITIES:


• providing below market interest PACE* loans to provide money for solar and energy efficiency upgrades,
• offering 20 year fixed utility rate contracts ("Feed in Tariff") to investors in large scale solar installations,
• offering rebates for solar and energy efficiency upgrades,
• incentivizing green energy company start ups here,
• collaborating with area universities to train and keep graduates of green building or energy programs in our community,
• installing hydrogen fuel cell and/or plug-in electric car fueling stations,
• revising Comprehensive Plan to prioritize development that reduces vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions,
• protecting established trees and requiring adequate setbacks of buildings from sidewalks for shade trees?

*PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, a property tax lien oriented financing that improves the economics of energy retrofits for commercial and private property owners. The property owner (and buyer if the property is sold) repays the loan over 20 years via an annual assessment on their property tax bill. PACE bonds can be issued by counties or cities.



Candidate did not respond.

BIOGRAPHY

Current Occupation

Cornerstone Realty Founding Member

Education

1983 degree, Wakulla High School
1993 B.S. Florida State University—Media Communication

Professional Experience

1994–present Cornerstone Realty, founding member (has won City of Tallahassee Historic Preservation and Parade of Homes awards for renovations in midtown and downtown developments, specifically in All Saints; flagship development—The Cloisters of All Saints—is part of the restoration of the Gaines Street corridor)

Community Involvement

Representative for the All Saints District, Gaines Street Vitalization Committee

http://johncorriganbyrne.com/
Bill Proctor

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?

PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:

• adequately staffing new and expanded libraries:
• operating County Parks and Recreation programs:
• supporting services for homeless:
• supporting arts and cultural activities:
• improving storm water and flood control infrastructure:
• offering economic development incentives:
• expanding public transportation & safer pedestrian and bicycle corridors:

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST AND LAST CHOICES. HOW WILL FUNDING YOUR SERVICE PRIORITIES AFFECT TAX RATES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM?


Candidate did not respond.

In 1991, the Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan required that by 1993 county and city environmental regulations be unified and a single agency be focused on environmental and natural resources protection and management. However, at this time, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County each have their own environmental ordinances and codes.
WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ENSURE THE UNIFICATION OF THESE REGULATIONS?
WHEN CODES DIFFER, UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU BELIEVE THE MORE OR LESS ENVIRONMENTALLY PROTECTIVE CODE SHOULD BE ADOPTED? PLEASE EXPLAIN.


Candidate did not respond.

WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN VENTURE CAPITAL FLOWING INTO INNOVATIONS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND EFFICIENCY WORLDWIDE, WHAT CAN AND SHOULD THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT'S ROLE BE IN INCENTIVIZING INCREASED ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND GROWTH IN GREEN ENERGY JOBS LOCALLY? HOW AND WHY WILL YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THE FOLLOWING POSSIBILITIES:


• providing below market interest PACE* loans to provide money for solar and energy efficiency upgrades,
• offering 20 year fixed utility rate contracts ("Feed in Tariff") to investors in large scale solar installations,
• offering rebates for solar and energy efficiency upgrades,
• incentivizing green energy company start ups here,
• collaborating with area universities to train and keep graduates of green building or energy programs in our community,
• installing hydrogen fuel cell and/or plug-in electric car fueling stations,
• revising Comprehensive Plan to prioritize development that reduces vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions,
• protecting established trees and requiring adequate setbacks of buildings from sidewalks for shade trees?

*PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, a property tax lien oriented financing that improves the economics of energy retrofits for commercial and private property owners. The property owner (and buyer if the property is sold) repays the loan over 20 years via an annual assessment on their property tax bill. PACE bonds can be issued by counties or cities.



Candidate did not respond.

BIOGRAPHY

Current Occupation

Elected Leon County Commissioner District 1
Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Florida A&M University
Associate Minister, Bethel AME Church

Education

B.A. Howard University School of Communications
Juris Doctorate, Howard University School of Law
Boston University School of Theology
Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga.
Wesley Seminary, Washington, D.C.

Professional Experience

1996–present Leon County Commissioner District 1
2000–present, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Florida A&M University
1985–present, Associate Minister, Bethel AME Church
Staff assistant to United States Senator Bob Graham of Florida
1994 Special assistant to Governor Lawton Chiles

Community Involvement

2006 Chair, 50th Anniversary of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott


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