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Pierce City Of Buckley 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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    Patricia (Pat) Johnson (NP) Retired but working full time at being Mayor

  • Marvin Sundstrom (NP)

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Biographical Information

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?

Phone (360) 829-2068
Town where you live Buckley
Experience (300 characters max) Planning Commission 2 years; City Council 14 years; Mayor 12 years; Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from AWC; Board of Directors Association of Washington Cities, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, Foothills Rails to Trail Coalition, Families First and White River Senior Housing.
To continue to serve the community I was born and raised in. I believe strongly in giving back to your community and being an elected official gives me the opportunity serve my community and make it a better place to raise a family and be able to make a difference in peoples lives. Being Mayor is not just taking care of the present and day to day operations of the City, but also includes planning for the future. I want to continue to move our City forward.
1. Economic development-we need a stronger tax base for our city so as not to burden the property owners with more taxes. 2. What I call the "Triangle": homelessness, drug addiction & mental health. We cannot solve one of these problems without solving the other two. We are a small city with limited resources to solve these issues by ourselves. 3. Aging infrastructure and transportation-widening 410 and fixing streets, too many "old" pipes in the streets that need to be replaced.
Economic development. We need to attract more businesses to town so we can have a much stronger tax base. Property tax from homes does not begin to pay for services like police and fire. We have no B & O tax and a very low sales tax rate. We need to look at other ways to attract new businesses. The new intersection with 410 & 165 has created some new opportunities for commercial growth. We need to make sure that our regulations and fees do not make it cost prohibitive for new businesses.
We need a new Senior Center and that will be one of my main goals. We have outgrown our present location and cannot provide the services that our seniors need. Our seniors are the back bone of our community and they deserve more that we are providing now. Many of our seniors are living alone and the Senior Center provides a hot meal, socialization, stimulating activities and transportation. Our Senior Center is bursting at the seams. We have the property, now we need to figure out how to pay for it and build it! We also need to reach out to our seniors that are home bound and make sure that they will be serviced by a larger Senior Center.
We are a small jurisdiction with limited resources. Our police do not have the time to request documentation for every traffic stop. We do not have a jail to house undocumented people and if we transport them to a jail facility, our tax payers will have to pay that bill. We have many immigrants in our area and for the most part they are very hard working people trying to have a better life. This is a problem for our federal leaders to solve but we must all let them know how we feel.
A lot of the pipes in the ground are old and need to be replaced Whenever we dig up a street, we see what we can replace. Financing large projects has become an issue because the Legislature has taken a lot of money out of the Public Works Trust Fund to support other State services. We financed our sewer plant with a 1/2% loan Public Works Trust Fund money. That money has mostly gone away. However, I will be in Olympia this next session asking that that money be restored.
So far Buckley has had minimal issues with homelessness due to our location, lack of services and lack of public transportation. We do have people living in cars, along the river and in abandoned buildings. The unseen are living with friends or relatives. We have so few resources to put towards this issue. Fortunately, we have several churches and organizations that are helping to fill that gap. I will continue to harass the County and State to fund services in the rural communities.
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