Harrisville -- Mayor Richard Hendrix is seeking re-election and is being challenged by former city council member Gary Robinson. Both candidates say a struggling economy is the most trying issue facing the city.
Robinson has a bachelor's degree in geography from Brigham Young University. He served one term on the council between 2004 and 2008. Robinson has worked more than 29 years as a financial analyst for Flying J, helping to oversee an annual budget of more than $100 million. He says the city is going to have to learn to get by with less revenue, so his experience in finance makes him a perfect candidate to see the city through harsh economic times.
Robinson said he opposes tax increases and excessive city code enforcement. He says residents should help oversee their own tight-knit neighborhoods for some of the upkeep and improvements.
"We have to get to where we don't have to rely on the city to do stuff all the time," Robinson said. "Sometimes, neighbors might have to work together to get people to clean sidewalks and yards."
Hendrix, the incumbent mayor, also served on the city council. He said that during his 10 years as mayor and on the council, he is most proud of improvements to public safety and in completing public works projects.
Hendrix says he helped implement a motor pool fund that saves money with city-owned vehicles. Under that program, the city pays for city vehicles outright instead of leasing, then the city pays money back into the fund. The vehicles are rotated out after a few years but as a way to save money during the budget crunch, Hendrix said the city is prepared to hold on to vehicles for an extra year or two to save money.
He said that his main objective, if re-elected, would be to continue city services and infrastructure improvements while dealing with a rough economy and a lighter budget. Hendrix said he opposes raising taxes.
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