1. What is your view of the property tax levy: too high, about right or too low? If too high, how would you reduce it?
Too high. Cut spending and consolidate or eliminate spending projects where possible. When more debt is added, the cost is passed on to the taxpayers. If you cut the spending, and begin reducing the debt, you can level out and eventually lower property taxes.
2. Which social service agencies should the city be responsible for funding, at least in part?
I think the best way to determine this is to talk to the people who would know best, our Police Officers. Police Officers are going to have outstanding input on what programs should be kept because they have the knowledge of issues at street level. I personally think there are some programs that are redundant, or only serve a specific segment of the population as opposed to the entire population. Supported services need to benefit the entire city.
3. Does the city need to reduce its debt? If so, how?
Yes. Cut and prioritize spending, and manage the projects more efficiently. Lower the debt ceiling. Raising the debt ceiling only encourages more spending and debt growth.
4. What guidelines would you follow to determine how to spend the city’s 65 percent portion of the half-cent sales tax that is dedicated to economic development and infrastructure?
Does it benefit the entire city of Manhattan? What is the economic impact, and is the impact positive or negative towards the city checkbook (i.e. what does it cost the city)? Is strong