Archive for Thursday, March 19, 2009

City Council candidate: Tom Farmer

March 19, 2009

Name: Tom Farmer

Occupation: Quality assurance supervisor

Years lived in Baldwin City: 8

Family: Wife Kim and four sons, Matt Farmer, Travis Farmer, Caleb Soden, Colby Soden.

Political experience: None

1. What is the biggest economic challenge facing Baldwin City’s budget?

The City of Baldwin must be able to cover all the needs without cutting services or positions.

2. How can the city save money during these tough economic times?

In order to survive these tough times, we must cut costs wherever possible and we do that by spending money wisely and by differentiating our wants from our needs.

3. What do you want to accomplish as a city council member, i.e. why are you running for office?

Bottom line is with the economic times we are facing, the decisions we make today regarding our community will affect the future of this community. I want to increase our tax base to help ease the tax burden on our citizens.

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?

Improvement and expansion will eventually need to be made to 11th Street for the new school to insure a safe route for our children and traffic. However, this should have been discussed in more detail before the bond issue was put up for a vote and needs to be negotiated between the city and school district.

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?

There are no short-term solutions to reduce rates. All electric companies will be asking for astronomical increases over the next few years. Long-term plans will help offset some of these costs, but not all of them.

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