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    Linda S. Montoya

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    Harold Thomas

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Biographical Information

How would you prioritize spending in light of increased or decreased revenues in your City?

What are two of your greatest concerns in your City over the next four years and how would you address them?

Describe your style of conflict resolution.

Background I have lived in and around Denver, Colorado for most of my life. I enjoy the culture of Denver and the beauty that Colorado has to offer. I attended public schools here and went on to study to become a paralegal. I have always worked in a professional office and I have worked in the legal field for nearly 30 years. My family and I have lived in the Federal Heights area for nearly 30 years, and I love our close-knit community. I believe that this City is a great place to live. Federal Heights is close enough to the heart of Denver, but far enough away to enjoy suburban living. I want to be more involved in the decision-making aspects of our City and that is why I am running for the Office of Mayor. I would like to see more involvement from other community members as well. I believe that we need to get back to actually knowing who our neighbors are and caring for them. Most people do not even know the names of the people who live on their own block. If I am elected Mayor of Federal Heights, I will work toward making our City an even better place to live and to raise a family. Federal Heights is made up of a diverse population and I would like to see diversity in our City Council as well.
Contact e-mail revlinda8@hotmail.com
Contact phone 720-394-3928
As a City, Federal Heights has always been diligent in studying and analyzing the various needs each year. The bulk of the City's revenue is spent on water, sewer and road maintenance. These items will always take top priority. If there is an increase in revenue, I would like to see the money spent on the needs of the Fire Department and the Police Department. These Departments do a great job for our City and they deserve to be fully staffed and to have state of the art equipment, so they can continue to serve our community.
I feel that one of the greatest concerns of Federal Heights is how to increase tax revenue. I would look at our options to bring new businesses into the City, help those business be successful, and keep them in our City. The second need for the City would be employee retention. The best way to do this is to pay employees what they are worth, offer them great benefits and show them how much they are appreciated.
Generally, people should be open to hearing new ideas and join in discussions without creating conflict. We are all made different and we all have different ideas of how to do things. If we are busy doing the talking, we are not able to listen to what others are saying and may not be able to resolve any conflicts that may arise. I have always been of the belief that we should all be better listeners.
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Background Farmer, Mechanic, Engineer. In high school I planted 120,000 trees and won the "Keep Minnesota Green" award three years in a row. Top student in Army Helicopter Mechanic School and Colorado Aero Tech. I worked for Billy Graham in Minneapolis, three years. I Served in Vietnam where I made Sargent in 12 months. My family (Grandfather Percy, Father Theodore and myself) have been in the auto mechanic and sales business since 1919 (end of WW I). In addition to my work in the car business I held several jobs as an aircraft design engineer at Learjet (Tucson), Parker Hannifin (Longmont & Cleveland), Branson Aircraft (Aurora) and Air Comm Corporation (Boulder & Westminster). Between my wife (Joyce) and myself we have served in various volunteer and elected capacities totaling 30 years. Joyce was mayor of Federal Heights 2007-2015 until term limited. I have served as an elected city councilman for the past six years. I spend a great deal of time studying public policy including what other cities do to solve problems similar to those of Federal Heights. I have attended more than 650 city council meetings. I really am still learning but have been exposed to many different peoples ideas at all those meetings. Really, more than 650 meetings.
Contact e-mail hpthomas@comcast.net
Contact phone 3036509645
At this time revenue is fantastic when compared to historical levels. While that is great and makes it really tempting to over spend, it is important to remember that the good times will likely be followed by somewhat reduced revenues in the normal course of things. It is important to balance spending so that the city does not end up laying off good people due to a future downturn in the economy. Even in the current good times there is always more things we could buy than there is tax money to buy them. There will always need to be choices made when spending the citizens money. Revenues that enable the city to spend come mostly from sales tax. everything the city can do to improve the conditions for more and healthier businesses within the city will improve the financial position of the city without increasing the tax rate charged to citizens.
All municipalities have multiple challenges that require thoughtful planning and constant attention to solutions. The city of Federal Heights has all of the typical issues that other cities have and additionally the unique issue of being a tiny city with giant cities all around. The #1 duty of elected officials is to make the citizens life as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. One concern is the retention of good employees. The city has been working over the past several years to make our employee pay as near to our larger neighbors as possible. It seems there will always be some difference in our ability to compete in that way. It is important that Federal Heights be a pleasant and rewarding place to come to work. The second concern is also related to the need to balance revenue (sales tax) and non-enterprise infrastructure (roads). I would address these related concerns by the wise spending of existing tax dollars and resist the pressure to increase the rate of taxation.
Conflict resolution is a very important subject for elected officials. Another way to state conflict resolution is to say "how do we cope with difference of opinion". Modern municipal councils (including the mayor) can only act as a body. No individual has special power to dictate policy. My style is to formulate the best argument available for my position and to be OK on those occasions where my argument does not convince the majority of my council mates. After my argument is made and after the council has voted there is no value in continuing the disagreement. When my side loses I believe it is because I did not properly prepare to make my best argument.
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