Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 3, 2012

Glasgow City Council Candidates Respond

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GLASGOW —

Q: Are the actions of committees more/less important than the actions of city council as a whole?

A: A lot of issues are handled at the committee level. Final decisions are made by the full council.

Q: Should committee minutes and actions be posted on the city’s website?

A: If time and personnel allow that might be possible. Council minutes are available to the public. Anyone can stop by the city building.

Q: Should city department heads be required to give in-person quarterly reports to a full council?

A: City department heads are giving frequent reports to the full council and to the public.

Candidate:

Karalee Oldenkamp

Non-Incumbent

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

A: The most critical issue presently facing Glasgow is the availability of jobs. Without an increase in jobs, Glasgow cannot support a growing community.

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

A: In order to increase jobs, I would propose continued support for the IDEA Board and that city council work with the Chamber of Commerce to promote and support small business. I would also propose we partner with KCTCS and WKU Glasgow campus to ensure a viable workforce. Once all of these avenues are being utilized, we can push forward with strong positive public relations and marketing to attract new industry. Through a combination of efforts, we can work together synergistically to promote healthy, balanced growth of Glasgow.

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

A: I strongly feel that with persistence in attempting to recruit new industry and stimulate jobs and business in Glasgow, the city will be able to increase revenue.  This increase in revenue will lessen the need for cuts or taxes, making it a very important area to focus our efforts.  If cuts or taxes are still required to balance the budget, I would look to first make cuts.  At this economic time, it would not be in the best interest of the people of Glasgow to increase taxes. Many are already making cuts in their own budget to make ends meet. Further reducing their take home pay would only make matters worse. I am sure that the City of Glasgow could make reasonable cuts across the budget as a more amiable solution.

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