on the Issues
"We need to continue
to put family and community first. I will
continue to fight for lower taxes, better traffic flow,
and safer neighborhoods. I will fight to protect
our quality of life and the character of our neighborhoods."
-- David Baker
Taxes and Spending
||Every dollar government spends was earned by
one of us. I have worked to lower your taxes each
year since you elected me. I have voted not
to take the 1 percent increase the State allows each year.
I support zero-based budgeting so that every
dollar of spending is justified every year. I support
a regulation that would require voter approval
of any future tax increase. I led the move that reduced
the current utility tax on gas and electricity by 2 percent.
||I will fight to make sure State transportation dollars
are spent here, in the traffic choked suburb of Kenmore,
where road improvements are desperately needed. I
am against the current construction on SR 522, which will
do nothing to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. The SR 522 plan will
not add one lane for traffic and, according to the consultants,
will not increase the traffic flow. I support left turns
into our businesses and will fight to protect the vital
access our businesses need to survive.
nation's economy is driven by small business, which creates
75 percent of net new jobs. Over 99 percent of all American
businesses are small. In Kenmore, small business is the
lifeblood of our city. Our City Council needs to continue
improving communication with the businesses in our city
to assure that the Council actions will not hurt them. As
a small business owner, I am an advocate on the City Council
for small business.
crime rate in Kenmore is lower than in any of our surrounding
communities and I pledge to do whatever is necessary to
ensure it stays that way. We need to keep our neighborhoods
safe and family friendly.
The City Council needs to be
aware of the cost of leasing police protection from the
King County Sheriffs Department versus having our own Police
Department. If it becomes cost effective, we must be prepared
to establish our Police Department. My foremost concern
is the safety and protection of our citizens.
It was President
Teddy Roosevelt who began the modern day conservation
movement. I will continue to vote preserve greenspace
without increasing taxes or infringing on private property
rights. I will fight to protect Lake Washington, St.
Edwards Park, our City parks, and the Samamish River.
I will work to keep our air and water clean and protect
our natural treasures.
of Kenmore receives help preserving Saint Edward Seminary
the historic seminary building in a way that promotes
sustainability and environmental values, while enhancing
the local economy, is a huge opportunity for the city,
and we are ready to be a helpful partner in this effort,
Kenmore Mayor David Baker said. The team that has stepped
forward is truly high caliber with strong community ties,
as well as national prominence.
elected, I have fought to lower your taxes while
enhancing the services the City offers. In the past
4 years the City tax rate has gone down from 1.67
per 1000 to 1.47 per 1000.
I am against
the council spending money if it does not directly
improve the lives of Kenmore residents. If I cannot
be shown that a tax dollar spent will benefit the
people of Kenmore, then I will vote to save that
dollar or spend it on something that will.
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