Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 3, 2012

Glasgow City Council Candidates Respond




Jim Marion


Q: In your opinion, what are the critical issues facing Glasgow over the next two years?

A: Fiscal challenges. This probably can be said by “Any Town” USA. We have done and will continue to do the things necessary for the city to grow and prosper.

Q: If elected, what are the measures you will propose in order to address these issues?

A: As chairman of the finance committee we will scrutinize all necessary expenses and attempt to prioritize for the importance to the city.

Q: If elected, would you be more in favor of budget cuts or tax increases in order to balance the budget?

A: Certainly budget cuts make more sense in difficult times.

Q: If cuts are needed to balance the budget, are there specific departments in which you feel cuts could be made?

A: Not necessarily. I don’t like to look at departments to determine their “least” importance, but more so, the most vitality to the city.

Q: What do you believe is the public’s role in city government and city council?

A: The public has the duty to elect persons they feel are the most qualified and responsible to lead and carry on the business of the city. Also to serve in difference capacities if called on by the city.

Q: Do you think there should be an increase or decrease in the public’s role in government?

A: I think the present role by the public is adequate.

Q: Would you be in favor of reducing the number of council members? If so, would you favor a seven or nine-member council?

A: Possibly – but I am not totally convinced that it is advantageous to the city. If reduced, seven members would suffice.

Q: Would you be in favor of splitting the city into districts from which each city council member would be elected?

A: I am not in favor of districting. That leads to unfair representation in many cases.

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