Issues

City Budget & Efficient Government
I am pleased to report that I have been successful in leading our council in creating a new and different process in reviewing the budgets, functions and activities performed by all city departments. It requires a more overall commitment of council members in understanding the operations of our city’s services and as a result we are making decisions for best practices, cost savings, improving antiquated business practices as well as justifying those activities we are doing correctly. I am delivering a stronger, better and more efficient government back to the people that own it.

Economic Development
My 6 years with the Bannock Development Corporation and 11 years with the Pocatello Development Authority help me deliver a unique prospective to the council. Strong teamwork with the City of Pocatello, Bannock County, the City of Chubbuck and area economic development groups is essential as we work together without regard to who gets the credit.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Pocatello ranks among the top 10% of cities in the country in its recovery from the recession. This doesn’t happen by accident. We are all in the same boat. And rowing together, in the same direction, takes responsible leadership and effort, which I am proud to be a part of.

Urban Renewal & Tax Increment Financing
In 1997, I fought against the proposed $38,000,000.00 Central Corridor Urban Renewal District that would have had a lifespan of over 20 years. I helped work out a much smaller compromise and as a result of my work, was appointed to the Pocatello Development Authority in 1999 by Mayor Greg Anderson. I spent 11 years on the PDA, 5 of them as chairman. I was determined to see the Central Corridor not expand and actually close on time. While I didn’t get to close it while on the PDA, I did get to close it as a city councilman. In honor of my work, the rest of the council asked me to make the motion to close it. The result? $83,000,000.00 in property value growth and expansion. And an addition of almost 1,500 jobs over the last 12 years. When properly used, urban renewal can be a very effective economic development tool. I call on our state legislators across this state to be cautious in any attempt to radically adjust the use of this economic development tool. One of the only tools, by the way, available to cities to build business growth in our communities.

Prayers
For many decades, our city council has stood strong on its commitment to open our public meetings invoking assistance to be better people, especially to aid us in our governing. Our community is very diverse. We’ve had moments of silence, poems, readings and even pleadings. We have invited Druids, Buddhists, Muslims, those of the Jewish, Bahá’í and Christian faiths. We have even had an atheist provide an uplifting thought. All are invited to participate. This act is never intended to offend but to reinforce our genuine diversity. For me, this simple act, is a moment for humble reflection and resolution to endeavor to make fair decisions for the right reasons.
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