Pend Oreille City Of Metaline Falls Mayor
The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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Tara Leininger (NP)
Why did you decide to run for this office?
What are three major issues facing your city or town?
Of the three, which one is the most critical?
What is your commitment to senior citizens?
How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?
What are the issues surrounding your city's infrastructure?
How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?
Town where you live
Metaline Falls, WA
I was first asked to fill in the last 2 years of the outgoing mayor's term. But when it was time to run for my first full term, it was a quick yes. I find the work interesting, challenging, and I feel that my gifts are being used for the best reasons in public service.
Lack of job opportunities, shrinking and aging population, lack of income for budgeted necessities or unplanned expenses.
Lack of job opportunities.
High, as our population percentage is almost 40% senior citizens, and of those a great many are low income. It's a small town, so we tend to take care of each other, but how the town does that is more complicated. Our one means of income is the sewer system, but we do not want the rate to be so high as to adversely affect our seniors/low income residents, so we've always been cautious about rating rates that would generate more income. With a shrinking population base, it may prove a Catch-22 situation.
As a Town, I am not sure if we've even though about this as an issue, as we have very few immigrants (legal or otherwise). As an individual, I believe that we should do all we can to take care of the "alien among us" (check out OT, Exodus especially), but also realize that there are laws to both obey - or change - if we disagree with those laws.
Aging sewer pipes, meeting state/federal wastewater regulations, and roads/sidewalks that are crumbling.
As a community, we have no one living on our streets, and when we have, we have often found shelter for them in the closest shelters (90 miles south in Spokane). We do have low income/marginalized individuals that everyone is aware of, and through our churches and other organizations try to help as best we can. The Town is rarely approached in these circumstances.
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