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Kennesaw Council, At Large, Post 5

The councilmember proposes bills, holds votes, and passes laws to help govern the city.
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What experience do you bring to the job to set policy for your city and what is your motivation to serve?

What, in your opinion, is the biggest budget issue facing your city and how, if elected would you propose to address it?

How should your city address the issues of lobbyist gifts, ethical behavior, and transparency in government?

Legal Permanent Residents and naturalized citizens contribute over a billion dollars in state and local taxes each year. How will you help ensure your city is a welcoming place for foreign born entrepreneurs and their families?

Cities across the country are embracing aggressive goals to reduce carbon pollution. What do you believe your municipality should do to support cleaner air?

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I have been an official member of the KCAC since 2015. KCAC stands for Kennesaw Citizens Advisory Committee. This committee is a very diverse volunteer group that works to give feedback to multiple departments within the city of Kennesaw including Mayor and council from a citizens' perspective. There are times the Mayor and council along with other departments reach out to our group for feedback as well. So this involvement gives me a lot of information about how our tax money is proposed to be spent and upcoming things within the city. I am also a military veteran (USMC) and have a history of serving and it has become a lifestyle of which I am proud to always do.
As of right now we have a deficit of 3.6 million dollars for which we took out a loan that matures December 2017. Right now are city services are at the bare minimum for us to be considered a city government. To address this issue, I want to increase some of the services we provide so we can generate income for the city. I want to look into rebuilding the sanitation department and if there are any tax increases I would start with property taxes. The reason I would start with property taxes is because at least during tax season this is something you can write off versus it hitting your finances directly without a way to recoup this money. We currently will have an increase of $3 for sanitation and in addition to that there will be a $3 street light fee. These fees hit your bottom line and cannot be written off in any way. Forward thinking should always be the key when dealing with our taxpayers money.
I believe accepting gifts to influence contracts, change laws and anything that will give a special interest to any group is wrong and whoever participates in these activities should be punished according to the law. I also believe as you grow in influence and representation you should hold yourself to a greater standard in how you live your life. No one should expect perfection from anyone but with greater responsibility comes higher standards you are expected to abide by. Representatives in governmental divisions are expected to uphold these high standards and should hold a safe level of transparency always. I believe one of the biggest areas of transparency should be how taxpayer money is spent. There shouldn't be charges and bills deeply embedded within financial reports as if they are trying to be hidden. Additionally the verbiage in which our laws and ordinances are written should be clear, understandable, without a lot of room for interpretation and without violating our civil rights.
The law is clear that legal permanent residents and naturalized citizens have a right to be here. They should be treated with the same kindness as a U.S. citizen and pay taxes on the income they make. I believe there should be a quicker pathway in allowing permanent residents and naturalized citizens to be connected with their immediate families. Separation from family is very hard and a lot of people come here seeking the "American Dream" and to escape from harsh environments from the countries they are leaving from. The ultimate goal should always be U.S. citizenship for all and for naturalized citizens and permanent residents to continue to contribute to the U.S. economy. We as a nation should always do our due diligence in checking out backgrounds of those wanting to come to the U.S. to insure the safety and security of our nation.
I will propose putting solar paneling on city government buildings and street lights. And whenever a new development wants to come to our city green space should be a requirement. We should also consider seeing if setting up recharge stations for a fee for energy efficient vehicles within the city would be beneficial and profitable for our city. In addition, I would encourage our citizens to utilize our recycling program regularly.

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