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Thurston City of Lacey City Council, Position No. 7

Term: 4 yrSalary: $16,500The city council sets the general policies of the city, which are implemented by the city manager and staff. One of council's main duties is the adoption of policies and the enactment of the city's annual budget. City council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending , whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for city employees.
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How would you work to resolve issues related to increasing numbers of homeless people in Lacy?

How could Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)funds be used to help resolve homeless issues?

What should be considered when Lacy seeks to annex residential areas?

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Phone (360) 252-0415
Email choosecarolyncox@gmail.com
Town where you live Lacey
Experience (300 characters max) Currently serve as chair of the Lacey Planning Commission; Thurston County Boundary Review Board; president, Rainier Park Owners Association; former journalist; membership on numerous boards, including Evergreen State College Alumni Association; officer in two Toastmasters clubs.
Housing costs are rising dramatically in Lacey. Wages remain stagnant. This dynamic, coupled with rapid population growth, will cause a significant rise in our homeless population. It will take a regional approach to help people without homes into stable, productive lives. The immediate need is shelter, but social services are needed, too. Depending on the person, these services may include health care, job training and placement, day care, help with accessing public assistance funds such as food stamps and utility subsidies, assistance with enrolling in programs like Medicaid/Apple Care, mental health or chemical dependency services, and other support. If elected to the City Council, I would continue support of the Thurston Thrives program, which brings together social service agencies to use their collective resources to address health care from infancy to end of life. This model would work well with helping homeless citizens. I oppose any move to criminalize homelessness.
I believe we should devote at least 70 percent of those funds to programs that house and support our homeless population. The funds should be directed to reliable social service organizations that work on low-income housing as well as assistance for basic needs. Because health care is such a critical need, I would work to enhance support of the Thurston Thrives program, which brings together social service agencies to use their collective resources to address health care from infancy to end of life.
Lacey is unusual because its urban growth area is larger than the current city limits. During my service on the Thurston County Boundary Review Board, which reviews annexation cases, I learned that there are many considerations. First priority for annexations should be given to “islands” – areas completely or almost completely surrounded by incorporated land. For annexing other areas, the most important consideration is how to convert those areas from septic to city sewer service. Failing septic tanks are to blame for the lion’s share of water pollution problems in our area. Sewer service is far more expensive than water service, so making it affordable will be a challenge. I propose to establish a revolving fund that would offer very-low interest loans to people to help them finance sewer connections. Other important annexation considerations include impact on city budgets, transportation, sufficient water rights to add more customers, police and fire protection, and other services.

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