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April 26, 2013

Q&A: Race for Annetta mayor

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From the point of the Town of Annetta, a customer base that is divided between residents of the city and those “out” of the city cannot be managed properly or fairly through the limited means that a municipality has to regulate growth, fair usage and implementation of conservation policies. The city laws don’t apply to the ETJ. Any city manager will tell you that it is a foregone conclusion that a city-owned utility should have all their customers be residents of the city that owns and operates that utility.

Franchise fees are not being collected from the customer base that could be used to fund needed improvements to city owned streets. These streets are being used every day by those same customers. It is also the customers of the water system that use the time and resources of the city at a greater rate than those not on the system. Why should the residents of Annetta subsidize non-residents through the use of streets and staffing?

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

I have over eight years of experience in city government and a proven track record of listening to the residents. As a councilman and mayor, I have worked hard to encourage citizen involvement in committees, through workshops and in our comprehensive planning process. Since becoming mayor I have implemented the town’s Facebook page, Blackboard Connect callout and e-mail alerts and I have also had the town’s website updated and improved. We have a citizen feedback forum and e-mail where people can contact me or any council person and ask direct questions or express concerns. This has allowed me to communicate directly with citizens and customers of the water system, answering questions and concerns that streamline city government.

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