On Running for Office
- Maintain a safe and secure community by ensuring our fire and police departments continue to be fully trained and equipped.
- Foster efficient transportation through and around our city (roads and hike and bike)
- Encourage realistic and stable growth by attracting quality corporate citizens as well as be a hotbed for upstarts and family businesses.
I have also completed the Frisco Citizens Fire Academy and the CERT programs.
On The Issues
There are many ways to develop and retain business within our city. Public/Private partnership is key. We are fortunate to have an experienced EDC, a vibrant Chamber of Commerce and successful Convention and Visitors Bureau. In conjuction with these entities we need to ensure that conditions are favorable to business. This includes low tax rates, access to an educated workforce, a low cost of living for the employees and entertainment venues of all kinds to enhance sports as well as arts and culture.
Frisco must continue to differentiate itself from her neighbors in order to attract and retain the best possible business. I intend to collaborate closely with other members of the city council, city staff and local business leaders to understand their current and future needs.
Yes. Government should have to justify to the taxpayers any increase in the tax rate. In 2009, the Frisco City Council voted to raise the tax rate by just over 3% during a time of economic hardship. Little justification was given and in retrospect voting members have stated that the increase was a mistake.
A). Answer: No
B). Answer: No
Further Explanation of Position: I firmly believe that private property is just that – private property. Eminent domain should only be used for public use projects in which there is clear benefit for the public, not special interests, and only after fair offers to purchase the property have failed.
Furthermore, property owners should be adequately compensated for the property through fair valuation. Should the project not be built, the original property owner should have the right to reacquire the property at a fair value.
No. I oppose any type of transfer tax on real estate transactions. This would ultimately lead to increased costs to buyers/sellers and reduce the number of real estate transactions resulting in a negative effect to the local economy.
No. Frisco has some of the highest building standards in North Texas. These standards include a mandatory Residential Green Building Program that was adopted in May, 2001. Although, I am in favor of the existing mandate, I am firmly against any ordinance/law that would require a homeowner to meet energy efficiency standards that were in place prior to construction. I believe the marketplace (supply/demand for energy efficient properties) along with personal choice should be the only factors determining whether a homeowner chooses to upgrade their homes energy efficiency.
This would ultimately lead to increased costs to buyers/sellers and reduce the number of real estate transactions resulting in a negative effect to the local economy.
Furthermore, I spent years in the commercial/residential energy efficiency industry. I would recommend that a HERS Index be associated with every home, on the MLS, in order to assist homebuyers in making their purchasing decision.