- What do you see as the major issues to be addressed in the city?
- Given the city's current financial situation, how would you balance city services and growth and taxation?
- What do you see as the compelling reason or reasons why people should vote for you this primary season?
Occupation: Sales/marketing executive
Qualifications: In addition to loving Farmington, I am the chair of the Farmington Planning and Zoning Commission and have served on the Commission for three years.
1. Responsibly managing growth is the principal issue facing Farmington. Effective management and understanding of Farmington's development projects and growth plans will be critical to preserving our rich pioneer history and rural community character. As I have served on the Planning Commission and spoken with many residents in our community, I am convinced that we can strike a balance between careful growth that will enlarge our tax base and provide high quality and attractive retail establishments and residential communities that will benefit all Farmington residents, while preserving Farmington's unique heritage and small-town appeal.
2. Like most towns across the country, Farmington faces challenges in today's economic environment. Additionally, Farmington does not have the large commercial tax base enjoyed by some of our neighboring cities. But thanks to the ongoing responsible development of Station Park, Old Farm, and designated commercial areas north of Park Lane, we will be significantly expanding our tax base. As a result, Farmington may have no need for increases in property or other taxes in the coming years. Besides providing much-needed revenue, thanks to careful oversight by the city, Farmington's commercial projects will be more attractive than those of our neighboring cities, making Farmington's commercial spaces as vibrant and inviting as its residential areas.
3. I have the experience and knowledge to successfully and competently manage Farmington's key issues starting on day one. For example, as the chair of the Planning Commission, I have experience reviewing development applications, ensuring those plans live up to the high expectations we have in Farmington, and then holding developers to their commitments by making sure they deliver what they promise. These skills will be critical to Farmington's success during the next several years of carefully managed growth.
Occupation: Insurance account manager
Qualifications: In the course of my employment, I have visited many local communities and have learned first-hand the effective management of government.
1. Farmington City has had regular sustained growth for many years. In Farmington, I believe in solutions that will serve to further enrich our community's appearance and character. As a city, we need to set a higher priority on improving our crucial infrastructure needs, such as our roads.
2. I believe in carefully examining all major expenditures to ensure we are meeting our essential services at the lowest reasonable cost. In addition, we should re-examine long term obligations and evaluate if they may be refinanced at more efficient levels. As a city, I believe in taking into consideration reasonable commercial growth that will enhance city revenue and quality of life.
3. As a lifelong resident of Farmington, I've enjoyed our community and our unique way of life. In the coming years we face many challenges, while living within our means. I envision Farmington as a vibrant community that will meet the needs of our citizens for many years. I'll bring a fresh perspective and represent your interest as a member of our City Council.
Qualifications: I am honest, hard-working and creative, with strong family values. My strength in futuristic strategic planning will add new depth to the city council.
1. The key issue needing to be addressed in our city is future expansion. Farmington has a rich heritage which needs to be preserved despite all the developments facing the city. We must maintain who we are as we embrace these future changes. Farmington has always been a nice place to live, and strong leadership on the city council will keep it that way. I have lived in Davis County most of my life, and have lived in Farmington with my wife and sons for the past two years. If elected, I will provide a fresh new look at these issues, ensuring all residents' needs are considered.
2. I will take a close look at the financial situation of our city's budget to ensure tax money is used to the fullest capability while benefiting the highest number of residents. Often the answer to more development is to raise taxes. In my opinion, it is usually more of an issue of money management rather than money shortages.
3. My experience and dedication to hard work are shown by my two engineering degrees from the University of Utah and my local business: Sunrise Window Cleaning. This experience in business and engineering has given me the opportunity to provide quality service to my clients. If elected, I will continue to provide the same high level of quality service to the residents of this fine city. I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the city council to ensure my sons grow up in a great city.
Occupation: Budget and policy analyst in the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget
Qualifications: I have considerable experience managing government revenues and spending, coupled with a master's degree in public administration.
1. The most pressing issues facing Farmington residents are balancing the appropriate levels of taxation and spending, wisely managing growth and development, and preserving the unique identity of Farmington.
2. Public finance and budgeting are complicated and we need elected officials who have experience and training in managing government spending. I have significant experience managing government finances. The city council must carefully analyze the services currently provided to ensure they are still serving their intended purposes. As a councilman, I will vote to eliminate unnecessary or wasteful spending. I will thoughtfully review spending and work to make our city government more efficient and effective. Farmington would also benefit from a broader tax base. I will carefully look at commercial growth to ensure that it would not only provide the city with the funding we need, but that the businesses would add value to our quality of life. My experiences as a budget and policy analyst, a fiscal analyst with the Arizona Legislature, and earning a master's degree from Syracuse University (ranked #1 nationally for public finance and budgeting from U.S. News) provide me with a skill set which enables me to ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely and appropriately.
3. This election allows Farmington residents to choose "business as usual" or to elect a new and fresh perspective. I am qualified and prepared to address the issue of balancing taxation and spending. I will be a fresh set of trained eyes on Farmington's growth and development rather than maintaining the status quo and continuing with the same decisions and line of thinking we have had. I will work to ensure that growth is properly managed and benefits Farmington's residents while supporting our peaceful community. Please visit carsonhowell.blogspot.com.
Occupation: Software engineer
Qualifications: As a software engineer and resident of Farmington, I feel I have the desire and knowledge to make Farmington an even better place to live.
1. The major issues facing Farmington are growth and providing services for our community. Our city has grown past its current ability to provide services using the tax base and model we currently use. The northbound Legacy highway exchange and Union Station would be the next biggest issues we are facing.
2. A balance must be found between growth and taxation. Our current residential growth without added sales tax or other business revenue is limiting our ability to provide services to our expanding community. We need to balance both residential and business growth to allow more income but we can't let unfettered growth on either side take over or we risk changing the community we love. With a balance of both we can achieve a small town community that provides the services we need without a need for big box chains in Farmington. We may need to increase property taxes but I would much rather see an increase in small businesses in Farmington rather than have to raise property taxes.
3. I have lived in Farmington for almost five years and love it. I want to see it continue to be a great community. Some might say that a long history of experience is needed to serve on city council. I feel as long as someone has a great passion for their community they can make it great. And I have that passion for Farmington. I care about our growth, roads, fire, police, great recreation opportunities, and want to keep our community as excellent as it is now, no matter how big it becomes.
Occupation: Teacher, junior high geography, drama, and student government
Qualifications: I have valuable experience with the issues facing Farmington and a unique perspective when looking at solutions. Please visit www.votepoff.webs.com.
1. New development, both residential and commercial, will determine the kind of community Farmington will be in the future. It is vital that the new additions come in a way that benefit our neighborhoods instead of destroying the quality of life that we all enjoy. Having experienced people on the city council will increase the chances of a beneficial outcome. Transportation is another area where proactive collaboration can protect our neighborhoods and still allow people and goods to travel through our city. Effective use of FrontRunner, UTA, and the North Legacy connection will help preserve our ability to travel through our own local streets. Preserving the historic character of Farmington is an important part of the process, and educating the public about these issues should be at the forefront of our efforts. More details are available on my website.
2. Spend as little of your money as humanly possible while still providing the vital services. Citizens should be involved in the process of identifying priorities, and appropriate new commercial development is necessary to keep taxes down. Please see the website.
3. My years of service on the Planning Commission (one as chairman), and the Board of Adjustment, have given me in-depth experience with the issues currently facing the city. Many of the projects that will arrive during the next few years were started while I was a planning commissioner. Having city council members who are familiar with the background, discussions, and evolution of those projects is a great benefit to the city. Also, my involvement with the city arts program, and training as a professional geographer, have given me a unique perspective to identify how city programs and new development impact our lives and neighborhoods.
Occupation: Commercial real estate developer, partner in T&B Company, Owner of Kaysville Winger's Restaurant
Qualifications: I recently served on the Farmington Planning Commission for five years and was chairman for two years. I'm knowledgeable on the issues facing our city.
1. Providing services and opportunities for residential and commercial growth while still protecting the integrity of our city. I would like to see many of the taxable dollars being spent by our citizens stay in our community. Also, working with UDOT and local developers to ensure that our Farmington residents' interests are known and that our properties are protected.
2. We have a wonderful opportunity with the Station Park development to provide our community with a quality development for generations to come. If developed properly, this will allow the city a firm foundation financially, providing a great tax base that would allow Farmington to continue its growth while providing the much needed services for our community. I have seen the work of these developers, studied the plans, and I am committed to seeing it through.
3. I've lived in Farmington for the past 20 years. I have recently served five years on the Farmington City Planning Commission, which I chaired for two years. I am familiar with and knowledgeable on the current issues facing our city. These issues take careful planning, especially in commercial, residential, and transportation development. Growth is healthy for our community but with this comes challenges and growing pains. I feel that I have the knowledge and experience to accomplish and protect the integrity of our city by still allowing growth and commercial tax base to pay for the services our growing city demands. My wife, Karen, and I have raised our four children here; we now have seven grandchildren. We want to leave a city for our children that they can enjoy for generations to come, long after we are gone. I am committed to protecting the future of our community by serving as a member of the Farmington City Council.
Occupation: Small business manager
Qualifications: Experienced problem solver with desire to help neighbors and community in general. Love Farmington. Good leadership experience. Live in area needing representation. Quick study.
1. Growth. Economy/budget. Old town feel vs. development. Simple communication for the common man.
2. With caution. Cut back on wants, take care of needs.
3. Good experience. Fair representation. Capable. Simple common sense.
Qualifications: I have over 20 years of leadership experience at IBM, Pitney Bowes and Deloitte & Touche and served with honor each community IaEU(tm)ve lived in.
1. Farmington is a growing city with all the challenges that come with growth, including balancing commercial and residential interests. During these tough economic times, we have to be sensitive to the needs of commercial interests, which fuel the economy but not let those interests interfere with the goals we have of maintaining a rural atmosphere that residents of Farmington enjoy. Station Park is an example of a commercial development that needs attention so that we can move forward with this project. Farmington needs to seek other opportunities to invite quality commercial development that will sustain our tax base.
2. With growth comes demand for additional city services. I believe that Farmington should balance residential growth with commercial growth so that we can meet the need for additional services without needing to raise taxes substantially. Our spending needs to stay in line with revenues so that we maintain a balanced budget as required by state law. This may mean that we have to forgo some wants during these economic times. Tough decisions will have to be made to determine which services may need to be cut temporarily as we weather the economic storm.
3. Through education and experience, I have developed great leadership skills that will enable me to help lead Farmington City through the next few years of growth. I am a strategic thinker and have solid experience unifying and motivating people to work toward a common cause and can apply that experience in Farmington as we continue to build a prosperous community. As a husband and father, I understand many of the concerns that residents have about safe neighborhoods and high quality of life expectations. I am committed to helping Farmington build on the legacy of past residents as we move forward creating a community of peace and prosperity.