GLASGOW — The Glasgow Daily Times recently posed questions to the 15 candidates running for 12 seats on the Glasgow City Council. The candidates’ answers appear in alphabetical order based on last name:
Harold “M.D.” Armstrong
Q: In your opinion, what are the critical issues facing Glasgow over the next two years?
A: The most critical issue is budget restraints. However we have been addressing this issue for the last six years, in that we have managed to streamline our city government with diminishing income to that city. We have been able to operate without raising taxes or cutting city service. Also we need to continue to expand current businesses and entice new businesses to Glasgow, on order to reduce our unemployment rate.
Q: If elected, what are the measures you will propose in order to address these issues?
A: I will continue to work with department heads in order to reduce spending, but provide good service to the citizens as well as promote Glasgow to attract new businesses. I will work with our current local businesses to help them be successful and provide new jobs.
Q: If elected, would you be more in favor of budget cuts or tax increases in order to balance the budget?
A: I would be in favor of a budget cut over a tax increase. However, there are very few areas in the budget that could be cut, therefore I would look for ways, as I have done in the past, to produce income to the city, such as: selling any surplus property or items not used by the city and that only take up storage space, and that are forgotten about over the years.
Q: If cuts are needed to balance the budget, are there specific departments in which you feel cuts could be made?
A: I don’t think there are any specific departments that could be cut without having some sort of layoffs or some loss of city service.