A Vision For Our City
Our city has been one of the fastest growing in the state of Washington for nearly 15 years. And while the city has accomplished much over that period, no vision has been cast for Snoqualmie's future. The city is more than just public safety and infrastructure. If Snoqualmie is to be truly extraordinary, we must start to take steps toward building and realizing a better future. As mayor, I will be dedicated to developing and sharing that vision, enlisting the skills of leaders in our community to ensure its implementation.
My goals for the city would start with economic development, improving quality of life and diversifying our tax base. We want a revenue situation where our budget doesn't rely too heavily on additional development or tax increases to fund operations. Snoqualmie still has room to grow, however decisions about additional housing should not be unduly influenced by the need to find development revenues for the budget. A robust economic recruitment effort must be employed that actively pursues retail, professional services and manufacturing businesses to reside right in Snoqualmie. With these additions, our existing merchants will do better, our citizens will have more services that they can get right here at home, there will be more local jobs and the city will broaden its tax base.
Recently the city, and all of King County have felt the increases in taxes. There are more going on the ballot this fall. Snoqualmie needs a strong voice that will respect taxpayers and speak out on their behalf at the county level. As Mayor I will work to prioritize the budget and finding ways to save on costs, rather than coming to citizens to raise taxes. With this approach we can maintain current staffing and service levels, and avoid tax increases as a method for meeting the growing needs of Snoqualmie.
As your Mayor, I will be engaged directly with our citizens and communicate to you what we are doing at the city in new ways. The city's website will be more useful and easier to use. And we will offer more innovative and imaginative ways than email communications for reaching out to citizens. Growth will be deliberate and part of a concerted effort to improve the quality of life and keep the tax burden low. We will continue to protect our extraordinary natural environment and increase our participation in providing human services. Finally, you will be able to count on me to be a voice for a public education system that prepares our kids to be competitive in the future that awaits them.
The future is bright,
Vision gives us direction, purpose and achievement. It serves as a guide for our citizens and directs city staff. It creates cohesiveness in decision making and allows people to understand where we are headed. I will set this vision so we can make the right decisions for Snoqualmie
Economic development broadens our tax base and increases quality of life. As Mayor, I will lead the effort to create opportunities for economic growth, that are best for Snoqualmie. We will have a budget that respects taxpayers.
In the digital age, government leaders have more communication tools than ever. A question of transparency has emerged in this election, because communication Is lacking. As mayor, it will be a top priority to keep residents informed and engage them in our processes.
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past and present are certain to miss the future."
-John F. Kennedy