Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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November 3, 2012

Glasgow City Council Candidates Respond

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GLASGOW —

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

A: Department heads give reports now when it is necessary.

Candidate:

Patrick Klapheke

Non-Incumbent

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

A: One of the critical issues facing Glasgow and it’s city council is creating an environment that encourages the growth and development of the community in order to retain and recruit businesses and opportunities to keep our best and brightest in Glasgow. When I moved back to Glasgow 2 years ago, I knew I wanted to get involved in making my hometown a better place. That opportunity presented itself quickly when I was approached by several people in the community about running for city council. I hope to build on the success of past councils in making Glasgow a community that grows and develops and continues to thrive.

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

A: I would propose that the council work with the Chamber, Fiscal Court and state-elected officials to create incentives which will draw businesses and industries to the area.  Furthermore, maintaining the already-great programs such as the parks, the library, and arts community so that we retain the businesses that we have while enhancing our image to those who may want to relocate here.

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

A: Certainly in these trying economic times no one favors increasing taxes. Conversely, programs cannot continue to grow without increases in revenue. Eliminating waste, streamlining effective programs, and tightening belts will all be needed as our economy, and therefore tax revenues, begin and continue to rebound.

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