I have enjoyed walking the neighborhoods of the 9th District, meeting hundreds of residents. I am anxious to be the district's voice at city hall, and this is why:
The city's reckless spending in recent years has left us with a bond debt of $522 million and growing.
This represents a debt-to-income ratio of 191 percent, higher than Greece's 161 percent ratio that may cause financial collapse across Europe.
We spend 12 percent of our budget, or $32 million, just to service the debt.
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Adding to our fiscal crisis are Mayor Jim Gray's proposed $300 million downtown plan and various projects which direct taxpayer money for private development.
This spending is obviously unsustainable, especially if we want to continue funding critical services such as police and fire protection.
The endorsed candidate, Jennifer Mossotti, has suggested higher property assessment taxes or a new local option tax (in addition to the 6 percent state sales tax) to fund our spending addiction.
Mossotti served as Gray's campaign political director, and would clearly champion his tax-and-spend agenda on the council.
Through 20 years of experience in private industry, helping my wife run a small business and raising two kids, I have gained the knowledge, experience and passion to effectively represent the district. I have spent countless hours researching details of how city government spends money, and there is plenty of waste to cut without raising taxes.
If I earn your vote, your shouts for fiscal responsibility will be heard loud and clear at city hall.