If there's an issue that is important to you and you don't know where I stand, please reach out!
Affordable housing is always a topic that comes up. It is important that we have affordable housing for residents. It is important that the city work to maintain housing affordability and work with different groups to create options. Special Assessments and Property Taxes play a roll in affordability and is important we take an approach to those areas with affordable housing in mind.
When it comes to Incentives, I want to assess each one individually. There have been times where an incentive was requested with no change in the workforce immediately, but rather a decline a few years down the line. The argument for that incentive was the construction workers it would bring in, but I wonder if they would be working on a different project. Incentives can be helpful in attracting businesses and residents to the area. It's looking at the whole picture for each one to evaluate and make sure that the decision that's being made is in the best interest of the Residents of West Fargo and other stakeholders.
As a city we need to adopt a policy that requires reporting from the organizations that receive incentives and hold them accountable. We can't blindly invest in the economic growth and assume we see a return, we need to show that there is a return on the investment.
There is a lot of discussion around a library with some folks. The current library is old and does not meet the needs of all our residents. Depending on the plan and how it's paid for, I would fully support a new library.
I support term limits and would like to see them implemented in West Fargo.
Vision for West Fargo
My vision for the future is to have a city that my children would be proud to raise their families in. We’ve seen this happen many times here in West Fargo with children growing up in West Fargo and then raise their family here. I feel this can be done while continuing to grow our strong neighborhoods and being smart with the budget and other spending and investments.
West Fargo Comprehensive Plan (West Fargo 2.0)
I think it's great that there's a plan in place to help drive the strategy and focus of West Fargo. I think it's something very important when looking at building a strong community. There is one area I have been focused on when my interactions with the City over the last year-plus, and that is maintaining or improving the current high quality of life. I believe there have been, and are some decisions being made that directly impact Residents and is diminishing their quality of life. I want to ensure decisions aren't being made at the sacrifice of any Residents' quality of life.