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King, Pierce County City of Auburn Council Position No. 5

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.

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    Ryan Burnett
    (NP)

  • Robyn Mulenga
    (NP)

Biographical Information

What experiences have you had that qualify you for this position?

How would you describe your vision for your city?

What are the obstacles in the path of achieving your vision?

What do you think is your city/town’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

What are the issues surrounding your city/town's infrastructure?

How do you think your city/town could best respond to homelessness?

How do you think your city/town should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

How would you propose the council communicate with the citizens of your city or town?

Phone (253) 736-5625
Email rbburnett@gmail.com
Town where you live Auburn
Experience (300 characters max) This is my first run at an elected position.
As a Chef, mentor and restaurant manager for 19 years, I have developed the strengths of problem solving and leadership abilities. I am known for my passion, taking initiative and being proactive in problem solving, constantly looking for ways to improve systems, processes and procedures. In my current position, I manage a budget close to $41 million, so I am comfortable with being responsible for large budgets like the city's. I volunteer at my daughter’s school in Auburn and am an inaugural member of the Mayor’s new Jobs Task Force. This is my first run for an elected position.
I see growth in the private sector as we work to streamline permits, services and incentives to business owners looking for a home. The city should work to help maintain a sense of the city's heritage while moving forward progressively with improvement projects of the existing buildings, assisting our citizens improve our city's landscape and helping them achieve their dreams of owning a home or starting a business. I see our schools improving as we stay forward thinking in our techniques of teaching today's youth the skills to succeed at life in our current society, not an outdated idea of how some wish it still was. I see services offered to our loved ones who have lost their way in addiction and poverty, helping to encourage and empower them to improve themselves and the community.
Poor communication between the government and the people, funds, shortage of resources, shortage of committed support, lack of a plan for the future. What is the current council's twenty five year plan? The city of Auburn needs a council that can put together a long term plan that is achievable through goals along the way, all leading to a better future for our citizens. We can make this happen when we have the citizens backing us through partnerships with our community leaders.
I think every individual plays an important role, each of us chooses what types of behaviors we display surrounding environmental issues. Some choose to ignore implications while others change their behaviors to work towards a more sustainable lifestyle. I think it is a city's role to help influence it's citizens with choices and behaviors that will better our future and the city does have the power to do so. Encouraging sustainable behavior through rewards or incentives should not be out of the conversation. Events designed to educate our citizens about a more sustainable lifestyle should be prioritized as important, as well.
The B&O tax the city is attempting to levy on top of the states B&O tax will greatly impact the community. Major employers within the city are already looking for new locations with the tax increase possibly on the horizon. Levying this tax would have a negative affect on our employment rates, tax revenue and real estate values within our city. Crime is at an unacceptable level and our law enforcement agencies need our backing. The current crime rate needs to be addressed immediately. The services provided by our local, county and state entities to individuals needing assistance with their living situation, their physical, mental or spiritual health need to be bolstered to strengthen our community as a whole.
This issue needs a collaboration of services to be successful. Attacking the problem at it's core, whether that be addiction, mental illness, lack of job training, etc..., I think this is a great place to start. Just building a community of small houses for the homeless to sleep in does not address the real issues behind how our community members became homeless and why they remain homeless while resources are available. These are someones sons and daughter, brothers and sisters, and I am sure that if this was a council member's child or sibling, they would give finding a solution all of their energy. We owe it to our community members to do that even if they are not our immediate loved ones.
I think our citizens need to be heard on this subject as the cause and effect of leaning one way or the other on this issue will affect the citizens living in our community. I think diversity within our community is important and plays an important role in our social development. There are pros and cons that the citizens of the city need to be aware of prior to declaring ourselves a sanctuary city. I believe our immigration system is broken and needs to be reviewed and revised. I also believe that citizens should share the tax responsibilities, making sure to contribute evenly and fairly, not placing unnecessary tax burdens on the working families in our city.
I think it's important to include the community in the discussions affecting the city and it's future. Perhaps using social media, sending emails or texts and writing newsletters are effective ways that the council could communicate with the public. Electronic communication has taken over the traditional methods of communication and it's important that the council stays current in that regards.
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