Q: If elected, would you be more in favor of budget cuts or tax increases in order to balance the budget?
A: No one wants to make cuts to any programs if at all possible. However, if cuts need to be made, each individual program in question needs to be looked at carefully and make sure that as few people as possible are affected by the cuts.
Q: If cuts are needed to balance the budget, are there specific departments in which you feel cuts could be made?
A: We have to be willing to freeze spending or cut spending, but at the same time realize what our high priorities are. For example, fire safety and high water quality. Our first concern is for the safety and well being of these we serve. It’s not about any one group or one program, it’s about every single person who call Glasgow home.
Q: What do you believe is the public’s role in city government and city council?
A: The council monitors the operation and performance of city agencies, makes land use decisions and has sole responsibility for approving the city’s budget. The public makes recommendations to council members and monitors improvements in the proposed areas. Without public input, the integrity of the city government and the city council would be compromised. The council members are held accountable by the public.
Q: Do you think there should be an increase or decrease in the public’s role in government?
A: I feel that the public’s role should be increased through better two-way communication to insure involvement by the public.
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: No I am not in favor of reducing the number of council members due to the fact that it would give council members more power in city government.