I believe that balancing our city infrastructure needs vs. wants will be a challenge in the coming years. Our retail corridor provides us with sales tax revenue that is a vital part of our revenues. It is important to continue to make Burlington an attractive place to do business. At the same time balance the needs of the public in regards to our fiber network, sewer facility, parks, and streets department.
Partnerships. The homelessness problem extends beyond Burlington. It’s a multifaceted issue that we cannot address alone. I will remain open minded to collaborative solutions to provide what we can to assist with services while maintaining public safety and the health of our community.
I believe senior citizens are a vital part of our community, I have and will continue to support the meals program and activities at our senior center. I am open minded to partnerships that address the needs of seniors in our community.
Follow the law and legal processes.
Affordable housing, a rise in drug use, public safety concerns, Skagit river flood control\dike maintenance, and plateauing sales tax revenues vs. growing expenditures.
Plateauing sales tax revenues vs. growing expenditures. I will be resistant to increase taxes until all avenues of expenditure reductions are explored.
Honesty, open mindedness, and communication.
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Civil and environmental activist since 1996, elected as delegate to Obama's and Sanders presidential campaign, PCO Burlington 503, former business owner and operator. Horticulture and ecology at Edmonds community college.
City of Burlington needs to invest in more public safety techniques such as crosswalks, sidewalks, speed cameras and roundabouts, especially on Avon Ave near the B-E High school. There should be no free right turns on Avon Ave and Burlington Blvd during school hours and the entire intersection needs bright crossing paint.
Currently City of Burlington is transferring tax payer dollars to energy companies when it could utilize it's city government buildings' roof tops for solar arrays bringing down city government utility bills and bringing down energy cost for all of Burlington. The WiFI infrastructure needs improvement. Parking arrangement on Fairhaven needs to be revisited because backing out into traffic is dangerous, often done blindly. Fairhaven is also in need of a lot of love and we should do a business revitalization effort to restore its prominence.
City of Burlington should pass an ordinance compelling churches in the city limits to open their spaces to the homeless in our community.
My positions on this topic are currently evolving, but I will say that I am committed to the listening to every resident of the city of Burlington.
The federal government sets and enforces the law, it's mostly out of city hands. I am not inclined to force our city to subsidize federal policy with local tax dollars. City of Burlington police are not INS officials and should not be utilized as such.
Growth and affordable housing are fast becoming an issue all over the Skagit Valley and need to be addressed now before it threatens our ecological, natural, and agricultural resources.
Traffic safety infrastructure is really important as the city grows and becomes a more popular location to have conventions and sport events.
I aim to make it as easy as possible to make the right decision for the City of Burlington, and am committed to sitting down and working out the issues for as long as it takes in service to the city of Burlington. I am also prepared to listen to the mayor and city administrator by seeing where we can make some deals and partnerships in service to the Burlington tax payer.