Name three long-term goals you have for the City and why you chose them.
Reduce debt by reducing overall operating expenses and debt service costs, thus reducing property taxes. Decrease the number of demands made on new start-ups for occupancy permits to encourage and assist faster track to occupancy and beginning of the operation. Maintain City services, because services once funded by property taxes are being reduced and now incurring ‘user fees’ without a reduction in property taxes.
What are the three biggest challenges Racine faces, and how would you address them?
Unemployment, decaying infrastructure and higher taxes than neighboring communities.
The City of Racine remains among the highest with its unemployment rate, and 11,000 Racine residents don’t have a GED or high school diploma. How would you address that?
Encourage the school system to help students set goals and raise self-esteem to break the cycle, promote pre-apprenticeship programs and provide GED training, mentoring and volunteer tutoring at Community Centers.
How would you attract new businesses to Racine?
Reduction in tax rates and less unreasonable occupancy permit demands would help. I think a professional property management firm should be hired to attract businesses to empty properties by using their knowledge of industry needs.
Why should people elect you?
Because I’m passionate about representing people in my district, I pledge to be a good steward of their tax dollars and I have experience in contracts, budgets, management and job creation.
Learn about Dennis Montey’s opponent, Tracey Larrin (i).
The Spring election will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018.
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