Q: If elected, would you be more in favor of budget cuts or tax increases in order to balance the budget?
A: I think you always look at trimming the budget before increasing taxes. I’m sure there are more items in the budget that can be cut and leave us with no lay-offs and allow the departments to continue operating. All departments have enjoyed the gravy years of the past, but now in these challenging times it comes down to the bottom line when they have to ask themselves, is it really needed or do they just want it? With any new jobs the withholding tax revenue will increase, which is the city’s largest general fund revenue. This increase combined with budget cuts should allow the city some breathing room without adding any new taxes.
Q: If cuts are needed to balance the budget, are there specific departments in which you feel cuts could be made?
A: No, I don’t think any specific department expenditure would solve a major budget issue. Departments have already been trimming their budgets, however, they’re going to have to dig a little deeper and learn to save even more. Until this economy gets back on track, we’re going to have to focus only on what is needed. With our existing businesses that have stayed through the hard times, the new business and jobs that IDEA has been bringing to Glasgow, and future ones they’re working on right now, we can only hope the coming year will be brighter for everyone.
Q: What do you believe is the public’s role in city government and city council?
A: I think the public’s role is to watch, listen and be aware of what’s going on around them. If the public sees a problem, they need to bring it to the attention of their elected officials. That’s why the community elected them. If their elected officials are passing an ordinance they don’t agree with, they should let them know their thoughts or even appear before Council and voice their opinion as it happens. Too many citizens wait until a law is in place before speaking out. The public should take responsibility for life going on around them and always voice their concerns as it happens.