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Sugar Hill Council Post 5

The councilmember proposes bills, holds votes, and passes laws to help govern the city.
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    Taylor Anderson Civil Engineer, Small business owner

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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’ve served on the City’s Downtown Development Authority for six years and as Chairman the last four. The DDA, in collaboration with City Council, is working to bring hundreds of millions of dollars in investment into downtown. Through that process, I’ve been involved in several policy meetings, including the city’s first time going through getting a credit rating. I’ve also served in a policy-making and analysis role as Chairman of Gwinnett’s Development Advisory Committee. Through that effort, we saw major revisions to Gwinnett’s stormwater management regulations and Unified Development Ordinance. My motivation to serve comes through a desire to create a sense of community.
Long-term economic stability is a major budget concern. Approximately 80% of Sugar Hill’s businesses are home-based. We need to help grow our businesses so that there are great job opportunities for our citizens. Having access to jobs locally solves a number of other issues – like long commutes, more time at home with family and long-term economic stability for our city. Already through the DDA, we’re working to address this through the creation of The Suite Spot, our business co-work, and incubation space. This was an adaptive reuse of the old city hall. Development of office space in downtown, support of the Sugar Hill Business Alliance and the creation of an Entrepreneurial Council to assist our growing business community are just a few of the steps in addressing this issue.
Certainly, a code of ethics is the baseline for addressing lobbyist gifts and ethical behavior. But as much as you can have words on paper, it is incumbent upon both elected officials and staff to behave in an ethical way and show proper judgment in decision making. In so far as transparency, I’m a huge proponent of putting as much information as possible on the city’s website. I believe the city has done a much better job recently of making more information available on the website, but it has more room for improvement. Personally, to date I’ve self-funded my campaign so that citizens can be confident that my decision making will be in their best interest.
Gwinnett County is one of the most diverse counties in the entire country. The City of Sugar Hill benefits from the entrepreneurial spirit of a very diverse community. The Sugar Hill Business Alliance and the proposed Entrepreneurial Council is open and welcome to all entrepreneurs. In so far as families, our city has celebrated the diverse backgrounds of our community through a number of events and festivals.
As mentioned previously, bringing more jobs into the city is the best short-term answer to reducing carbon pollution. By having access to more jobs locally, it will cut down on long commutes in individual automobiles. I’m also a huge proponent of the city’s proposed greenway, which will provide citizens an opportunity to move around the city on foot or bike and preserve acres of green space. One of my campaigns key issues is greenspace acquisition as well. All of these tie into cleaner air and local economic prosperity – a win-win scenario for the environment.
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