As your elected official, my agenda on Council will be to:
Rebuild the city’s trust by demanding increased transparency at City Hall.
Preserve the historic nature of our neighborhoods, while allowing respectful development.
Provide adequate resources to our safety net, the Alexandria Police and Fire Departments, so that they can focus on their jobs.
Improve the quality of education in our schools. Emphasize learning not buildings.
Endorse sensible growth in which future developments fit into our neighborhoods, and are tied directly to the ability of our local roads and related infrastructure to handle the predictable increase in traffic and demand on services.
Initiate a thorough independent performance audit of the City’s Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets to ensure that the citizens of Alexandria are receiving cost effective, efficient and reliable services.
Tackle the structural imbalance between our revenues and expenditures which has resulted in a 300% increase in our current debt ($530 million) over the past ten years.
Pursue the use of referendums through the state’s General Assembly so that our citizens are able to approve or disapprove the funding of large capital projects.
Recruit new businesses to come to Alexandria to eliminate the current commercial property vacancy rate of 17% while simultaneously increasing our tax revenues. Establish a business friendly climate.
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