3:34 PM EDT, October 31, 2012
What ideas do you have to increase revenue or to create revenue streams for the city of Wilmore?
I am a passionate conservative — I believe our attention should be on the poor. But I’m a conservative in how we go about it. Jobs and commerce have to replace property tax, that is just the bottom line. We have shrinking pie in real-estate and it’s becoming were we have to charge more for you to own it. So we have to create jobs and commerce.
Do you feel taking over the Crouse cemetery is a financially beneficial move for the city?
If it’s done right, it is. If the city ushers it over into the hand of those people who could take it and to set up a foundation.
Why should the residents of Wilmore re-elect you to city council?
I’m less of an observer on the council because I am a part of this city, which means I will get the best out of it.
What are the major problems facing Wilmore, and what will you do about them?
The council needs to spend more time on creating business and inviting people to Wilmore rather than wrestling property taxes. It was the right thing to do this year, but it’s not the right thing to do. In the next cycle we have to look at what the real needs are and the first step was contecting with MRS (Municipal Revenue Solutions).
What is a strength and/or highlight of Wilmore that you want to encourage, and what do you plan to do to nurture its growth?
It’s how we live as a community — the nuclear family — the bedroom community. We can take advantage of that perception and grow that. We don’t want to be eaten up by development but we can be exceptionally good if we plan the development.
If you could make an uncontested executive decision to change one thing in Wilmore, what would it be?
What government department (fire, police, parks & rec, or other) do you feel needs the most attention, why, and what do you propose to do to address it?
They’re all important … water and sewer, fire and police. The city has to have an emphasize on how to create more provisions for the citizens with out increasing property taxes.
What would you like to see done with the former “Crouse” building recently purchased by the city?
I would like to work with the college and give the university students, who have just graduate a reason to stay by turning it in to a place they would want to stay. Why can’t this be the next Silicone Valley with all the media talent that is coming out of Asbury?