Mayor candidate: Gary Walbridge
Baldwin City Council Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire
Name: Gary Walbridge
Occupation: Director of Physical Plant at Baker University.
Years lived in Baldwin City: 44
Family: Wife Margi, two daughters and two sons-in-law and one granddaughter.
Political experience: Eight years on the city council starting in 1989. Four years as mayor.
1. What is the biggest economic challenge facing Baldwin City’s budget?
I believe that would be the trickle down effect of the current economic crisis. In other words, as the various industries react negatively, jobs are lost, lending institutions are crippled, etc. Eventually it starts to hit city residents and impacts their lives and the tax base is damaged
2. How can the city save money during these tough economic times?
I believe it is time to take a conservative approach and be proactive in protecting our budget. There are ways we can still provide city services and cut back.
3. What do you want to accomplish as mayor, i.e. why are you running for office?
To continue to support city staff in their duties. Allow the council to set their own tone.
4. Do you favor requiring the Baldwin School District to pay for improvements to Elm Street from 11th Street and extending Elm to Bullpup Drive as part of the project to build a new Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center?
Yes. That would be consistent with the current policy of the developer installing the streets that service the development.
5. Utility rates in Baldwin City are among the highest around, especially for electricity. Do you see any way to reduce those rates or at least stop their spiral upward?
That is the million-dollar question. Baldwin City is in the same boat a lot of small communities are. Wholesale power costs are increasing and are unpredictable industry wide. Baldwin City’s power portfolio is about as diverse and favorable as we can make it. There are avenues that community members can take to alleviate their own city bill.