Economic Development is a priority issue for me. When I was a young man growing up in Southern Utah there just were not adequate jobs or career opportunities for my generation. The majority of my friends from high school had to leave to establish their careers. As our community has grown, so have opportunities and employment. It is exciting for me to know that my children have the ability to live and raise their families here. I will continue to work hard to create business opportunities for our families to be entrepreneurs or build careers here at home.
Early in my first term, Councilwoman Granger and I pushed to expand noticing requirements and access to the information in applications and documents that are presented to the city council. When I first came on the council the staff reports and application information were only available by request. All documents being reviewed by the City Council are now available to the public just as we see them. The city finances, plans, and budgets are also publicly available. It is very important to me to continue this trend of being as open and transparent and accessible as possible.
I understand that the budgets we review and the monies that we approve to be spent are not ours. They are the taxpayer’s funds, and as a council we need to be fiscally responsible to you. During my first term the City Council reduced impact fees for building permits, restructured bonds saving the taxpayer millions, took our fund balance (Rainy Day Funds) from 7% to the State maximum of 25%, and worked with our staff to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.