FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS A COUNCILPERSON, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?
During the tough economic times the City of Remerton must continue to trim the existing budget, where possible, while seeking additional revenue sources. However, raising taxes is the last option that we should consider.
PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:
1. Offering economic development incentives
2. Expanding public transportation & safer pedestrian and bicycle corridors
3. Supporting arts and cultural activities
4. Supporting services for homeless
5. Improving storm water and flood control infrastructure
6. Adequately staffing new and expanded libraries
7. Operating County Parks and Recreation programs
IN THIS TIME OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPROVE REMERTON’S ECONOMY?
The state of the economy in Remerton is similar to what it is in Valdosta and Lowndes County. People are spending less while they get their financial situation in order. It will take time for the economy to heal. The best thing we can do is hold the line on spending and not raise taxes.
If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of citizens?
The City of Remerton has a bright future now that the potable water situation has been solved (with the direct support of Reggie when he was on council). Also, with the growth of Valdosta State University, there should be plenty of students who would like to live close to campus. This may encourage developers to build new apartment complexes. However, the most important thing is to protect the quality of life for our citizens while keeping taxes low.
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