Q: Should city department heads be required to give in person quarterly reports to a full council?
A: No. It is the Mayor’s job to supervise and manage the department heads, however; I am not against them giving a report to the council at the mayor’s pleasure.
Q: In your opinion, what are the critical issues facing Glasgow over the next two years?
A: I see money as the greatest challenge we are facing today and for the next two years. Unfunded mandates from Washington along with falling taxes due to decreased payrolls and property values have created a situation where money collected has not equaled money spent. When my Dad was Mayor, the City Council and he were able to put aside funds for a rainy day. During this depression, the City has spent most of these funds. We are now going to be faced with how to cut back on what we spend with the least amount of impact on our citizens. I am proud that we have not raised taxes and firmly believe this is not the answer. Instead, we need to make some budget cuts, reallocate some spending, plus attract more businesses and jobs into Glasgow to increase the tax base which will enable us to collect additional taxes from the new payroll and new buildings and equipment.
Q: If elected, what are the measures you will propose in order to address these issues?
A: We need to ensure we are maintaining the fire and police departments at acceptable levels. We need to continue to provide for those in need. Where appropriate, we should look at reducing payroll costs through not hiring replacements when retirements occur. We also need to look at our agreements with other agencies and governmental units to ensure everyone is paying their fair share and they are spending our money wisely. I have already requested that all organizations that receive funds from the City present to the Council or the Finance Committee how they are spending those funds and the results achieved. As a member of the Finance Committee, I have met with all City department heads and listened to their budget requests. I firmly believe the Mayor, department heads, and Council are all working together in a very positive manner to cut spending and reallocate funds to where the greatest needs are.