Q&A with Grass Valley City Council candidates | TheUnion.com

Q&A with Grass Valley City Council candidates

Whichever of the four candidates jockeying for two seats on the Grass Valley City Council win, they’ll be facing the same general theme everyone else is – surviving and thriving in a down economy.

We asked Incumbent Dan Miller, Planning Commissioner Jason Fouyer, resident Ed Yarborough and small business owner Pat Tureaud: If elected, what would you do to ensure the continuation of needed services and economic growth while facing decreased revenue?

Read each candidate’s answer below.

We will continue to explore ways in which the city can integrate services with Nevada County and Nevada City (e.g. fire protection services). For economic growth, I will continue to work with the Economic Resource Council to retain, recruit and help local businesses expand.

Residents also need to be educated on how tax dollars are used for vital city services. Shopping local has huge benefits because the tax dollars generated help maintain local services and also allows local businesses to contribute to the many nonprofit organizations in the area.

In order for the City of Grass Valley to ensure the continuation of needed services, I will manage the day-to-day operations responsibly and make all financial decisions based upon the world in which we live, and not the world in which we would like to live.

During these challenging times, a good employment base is the key factor in driving revenues for the City and helps contribute needed economic growth and success. By remaining creative and committed to providing opportunities for economic expansion, rather than retraction, we can help create employment opportunities for our residents. I will promote a healthy business climate and work with local professionals to seize current opportunities of lower home prices, and the availability of affordable commercial space in an effort to attract businesses looking to relocate.

The possibility of decreased future city revenue should be viewed as an opportunity rather than something to be feared, an opportunity for city officials to engage in innovative, long overdue cost-cutting strategies. I enthusiastically believe in smaller, cheaper government; I’d be eager to explore previously unconsidered alternatives, such as potential privatization of some city services.

Inspired by the new Arizona Law, I’d also write an anti-illegal alien ordinance for Grass Valley, since Grass Valley’s growing population of illegal aliens not only steals jobs, housing and public services tax dollars from legitimate Americans, they also hurt the local economy, in that they routinely send most of the money they earn back to Mexico, rather than spending it here.

I think this is an opportunity for a small army of volunteers to help alleviate some of the costs of the city. I have an application into the police department to be a volunteer police officer, they recently lost 10. I think we need to watch what the city is spending money on and spend it wisely.

I think we should have a small business seminar for businesses to show their wares and demonstrate their businesses, and I plan on doing that soon to motivate and promote businesses.

The real gold in Grass Valley can be found in her citizens; the gold of the future can be found abundantly in her youth!

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail ghoward@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.

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