- WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR OFFICE FOR THE CITY OF POCATELLO?
I believe that the direction the City is currently taking is not the right path forward; I would like to be part of changing that course and moving Pocatello in a sustainable and prosperous future.
- IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE MAJOR ISSUE FACING POCATELLO?
Our major issue is good jobs and a strong commercial tax base, we have struggled to attract and retain good paying jobs in our area. This I believe is because the City has not done a good job of planning for future needs and is only seen dealing with issues of the upcoming fiscal year. This makes it hard for anyone, to understand the direction the City is taking and whether or not they want to be part of it. We continue to use TIF districts in a way that is not sustainable and those districts need to be re-examined as to their long-term feasibility.
(a) HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THE ISSUE YOU JUST DESCRIBED?
First, I would work in conjunction with Bannock County and Chubbuck to develop a long-term development plan for the area; this would give the information needed for people to understand the direction the City is moving in. Second, I would contact our local businesses and see what it is the City to do to help them grow. I would contact companies such as Union Pacific and see if we can re-establish our working relationship and have jobs that have been lost brought back. Third, I would re-evaluate all four of the current TIF districts and work with the Council to retire those that are no longer serving their purpose.
- IF ELECTED, WHAT WILL YOUR FIRST PRIORITY BE?
My first priority would be to look at our operations and take citizens and employees input as to ways to streamline our work and reduce our staff. Payroll and Benefits claims are the number one driving force against our budget. I believe this should be done through re-organization and attrition, but is a factor that the City must at sometime in the very near future address. Our levy rate is one of the highest in the State and makes attracting business to the area difficult. One of the best ways that needs to be considered is unifying Pocatello and Chubbuck in as many areas as possible. We have competed against each other long enough for businesses and this is only advantageous to the business that is relocating not the citizens of either City.