Weatherford Democrat

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May 6, 2013

Town Of Annetta candidate Q & A

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Why do you believe you are the best candidate for the position? What separates you from your opponent?

I have lived in the same home here for 24 years. I raised both my sons here in the Aledo school district, and my wife and I have been active in the community. I decided to run for the city council two years ago because I wanted to represent my friends and neighbors, and to help make the best decisions possible for the entire community. I am not a politician. I’m a husband, a father and a businessman. I care about my community, and it has been a privilege to serve. Having served for the past two years on the city council, I believe I have invaluable experience regarding the internal operations of the City of Annetta. I have proven myself to be a voice of the people; I have presented myself with professionalism and shown fiscal responsibility with the city’s assets. I have helped provide integrated solutions to solve the problems of the city and earned the mutual respect of not only fellow council members, but also the citizens of the community. I have never started anything in my life that I haven’t finished. I decided to run for re-election because I believe that we still have some work to do. I am grateful for the support I’ve received and I respectfully ask the people of Annetta to vote for me again, so that we can continue the work we’ve started and finish the projects on the table. I promise I’ll do my best to serve with integrity and honesty as I have done the past two years.

Position: Annetta Town Council, Place 3

Name: Joann Jessup

Age: 41

Occupation: sales / certified public accountant

Family: husband, 13 years; two boys (ages 5 and 7). Both attend Aledo schools; two dogs, Hank and Bogie

How long in Annetta: 5 years

Community involvement: Aledo youth soccer coach for 4 years, Aledo youth baseball coach for 4 years

 

What are the three most important issues the city is facing? How do you plan to address those?

High water rates: As a Deer Creek water customer myself, I too am frustrated by the high water rates. Just the water for inside my house in the winter runs over $100. I would like to see lower water rates and plan to use my skills as a CPA to investigate the finances of the water system to determine if we can make changes that allow for lower water rates.

Lack of water supply: Not being able to water at all in the summer is very frustrating for all of us water customers. I would like to see more water wells and tanks constructed in areas that do not lower or depreciate home values. I will push for more resources toward constructing these wells and tanks and getting them operational in a timely manner.

Road Conditions: Our current road conditions are not optimal. The council was able to budget $15,000 for roads and will use that money to repair only a small section of roads in our town. I would like to see more money budgeted for roads if possible, especially if the annexation of more residents occurs.

 

Are you for or against the annexation of area residents served by the city’s water system? Why?

There are some great reasons to annex the area residents that are serviced by the water system. By annexing these people in, they will have a vote in the city elections and can elect individuals that share their ideals and concerns on the water system. This will also give these neighbors a feeling of community instead of feeling like outsiders. Annetta will also have more oversight on zoning of these areas and can assist in keeping the “small town” feel that most people desire. However, as a CPA, my concern is the finances. There needs to be an independent analysis done to look at the increase of revenues compared to the increase in expenditures this will create. The annexation would possibly double the town’s population, and the increase in revenues may or may not be able to cover the increase in expenditures brought on by this. Just an example, is our roads. The town was able to budget $15,000 for roads in 2012. That will only cover a small portion of roads. The annexation will increase the number of roads in our town. I do not want to annex these folks in and then not be able to provide them with the necessary road repairs they deserve.

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