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S.L. MAYORAL CANDIDATES ADDRESS THE ISSUES

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DAVE JONES

Why are you running?

I'm running for mayor because I have the experience, the leadership skills and the vision to initiate that action. I'm a businessman, so I know how to make the most out of limited resources. I'm a state legislator, so I've had political experience dealing with some of the toughest issues facing our city and state. And, finally, I'm a neighborhood advocate, so I understand what it's like to get down in the trenches and fight for neighborhood improvements.

How do you feel about the $36-per-year storm drain fee the city imposed on residents this year?

It's a question of honesty in government. The fee looks like a tax, smells like a tax and quacks like a tax. City government should have been honest and called it a tax. I'm also concerned that at a time when we desperately need to encourage economic development and people living in Salt Lake City we are imposing new charges that the county and other cities are not.

Is a tough new landlord-tenant ordinance needed? Why?

The majority of city landlords care about their rental units and their tenants. Slumlords care only about greed. I support a tough landlord-tenant ordinance and an enforcement policy aimed at slumlords. At the same time, we must be sophisticated enough to realize that not all older apartment buildings can comply with new building codes.

What should the city do to stem the loss of its aging housing stock?

The city should enter a public-private partnership with banks to provide low-interest home-improvement loans to moderate-income homeowners. Salt Lake City recently initiated a limited project of this nature, but it is aimed exclusively at low-income residents.

Would you favor higher taxes to give the Police and Fire departments more support?

Public safety would be my No. 1 priority. If Police and Fire departmens tell me they really need more money, I'll get it to them. We should cut wasteful government within the city and save what we can through consolidation of services with the county. If that is not enough, we must then prioritize our spending and focus on our most important goals.

Can services be maintained at present levels without a tax increase?

Yes, services can be maintained at present levels without a tax increase, provided inflation is taken into account. The question that really needs to be answered is whether current services are adequate for our city and its residents. The mayor must prioritize and cut waste.

Do you favor a countywide fire department?

Yes, if it saves money, if service levels are maintained or improved, if the mayor retains some control over resources and if it reduces mid-level management.

Do you favor countywide animal control?

Feels the same about this as about the countywide fire department.

Do you favor light-rail mass transit?

Yes, but I have concerns about the current proposal. It seems inconsistent to build single-line light rail between downtown Sandy and downtown Salt Lake and simultaneously add lanes to the freeway.

Deedee Corradini

Why are you running?

I love Salt Lake City and am deeply committed to its future. As in many other U.S. cities, our challenges are growing while our resources are shrinking. I will bring fresh perspective to city government and build the kinds of partnerships that can help us meet our growing challenges without breaking the backs of local taxpayers.

How do you feel about the $36-per-year storm drain fee the city imposed on residents this year?

A fee is simply a tax by another name. To increase taxes when millions of taxpayers' dollars are being wasted through duplication of services between the city and county doesn't make sense. The recent recession caused private businesses to operate smarter and more efficiently. Government must be made to do the same.

Is a tough new landlord-tenant ordinance needed? Why?

Yes. Rentals make up more than half of Salt Lake City's housing units, and there are legitimate concerns from both tenants and landlords. The ordinance under discussion by the City Council has strong tenant and landlord input to deal with those concerns.

What should the city do to stem the loss of its aging housing stock?

A rehabilitation code, somewhat less restrictive than standards for new construction, to make rehabilitation of existing housing stock a more viable option. In addition, convene a round table on housing shortly after assuming office.

Would you favor higher taxes to give the Police and Fire departments more support?

Police and Fire departments must have sufficient resources to be effective. But before we increase taxes further, we must be sure that existing resources are being utilized as efficiently as possible. Study consolidation options.

Can services be maintained at present levels without tax increase?

Before asking taxpayers for more, we need to bring much greater efficiency and productivity to city government. To do otherwise simply would subsidize current inefficiencies while driving families and businesses from our city. In addition, we should seek to expand the tax base instead of the tax burden.

Do you favor a countywide fire department?

Yes. As chairwoman of the Business/Government Alliance in 1986, I explored the merger of city and county fire services and reported significant potential savings.

Do you favor countywide animal control?

Yes, but it should have been accomplished much earlier.

Do you favor light-rail mass transit?

To protect our environment and reduce congestion on our streets and highways, I favor the concept of a light-rail system for Salt Lake. The issue should continue to be the subject of intensive study, with plenty of opportunity for public comment.

DAVID BUHLER

Why are you running?

I know I can make a positive difference for Salt Lake City by running government more efficiently, making government more responsive to the people, being tough on crime and improving the climate for business. My objective will be to make city government better, not bigger. I have 12 years experience in making government work better, and yet, since I have never worked in or for city government, I would bring a fresh perspective to City Hall.

How do you feel about the $36-per-year storm drain fee the city imposed on residents this year?

I don't like it. The storm-drain fee is, in reality, the largest tax increase imposed on Salt Lakers in several years. City used anticipated requirements by the EPA - requirements not yet issued - as an excuse to boost revenue. In fact, the city is using part of the estimated $4.1 million a year that will be collected to fund services that were previously funded out of the general fund.

Is a tough new landlord-tenant ordinance needed? Why?

Both tenants and landlords have problems and complaints that deserve to be addressed by the city and/or Legislature. City should focus on addressing issues that pose a real danger to the public health and safety while retaining respect for the rights of property owners, and in requiring disclosure of pertinent information.

What should the city do to stem the loss of its aging housing stock?

Where appropriate, we should encourage saving older structures. While it is not feasible to save every house or apartment building, we should work more closely with private groups such as the Heritage Foundation, banks and other government entities such as the Utah Housing Finance Agency to encourage both the rehabilitation of older housing and construction of new housing.

Would you favor higher taxes to give the Police and Fire departments more support?

No. I don't favor higher taxes nor believe they are necessary to protect the public. I would make public safety my highest priority. My objective would be to deploy more of our resources on the front lines of the battle against crime by eliminating waste and reprioritizing spending. The next mayor needs to realize that taxpayers can only afford so much.

Can services be maintained at present levels without tax increase?

Yes, with the right kind of leadership. In fact, at the state Department of Commerce, I've actually improved the quality of service while implementing efficiencies that both save dollars and streamline how services are provided. Do you favor a countywide fire department?

Wherever there is duplication or a better way to provide service at a lower cost, we should adapt or consolidate.

Do you favor countywide animal control?

From what I know, I favor it. It makes sense and would better serve both the county and the city.

Do you favor light-rail mass transit?

I am very skeptical of the current light-rail proposal. I am not convinced that the number who would actually ride - particularly riders who now are driving automobiles rather than taking the bus - would be sufficient to justify the cost.

MIKE ZUHL

Why are you running?

Because of great love and commitment to the city. With the knowledge and experience I have in city government, I am in a position to provide strong leadership.

How do you feel about the $36-per-year storm drain fee the city imposed on residents this year?

Supports it. The fee will ensure that all residents and business owners that will benefit from the improved facilities will help pay for them. No revenue from this fee will benefit other city programs.

Is a tough new landlord-tenant ordinance needed? Why?

I support legislation that mandates good maintenance of rental property, which houses more than half of the city's residents.

What should the city do to stem the loss of its aging housing stock?

Would merge housing agencies into a single division. Would create neighborhood conservation districts to preserve and fix houses rather than tear them down. Would foster partnership with banks to help poor people buy houses.

Would you favor higher taxes to give the Police and Fire departments more support?

No. I would make every effort, with my vast budget experience, to find the necessary resources to provide adequate police and fire protection.

Can services be maintained at present levels without tax increase?

Yes.

Do you favor a countywide fire department?

Only if services can be improved or if costs can be lowered.

Do you favor countywide animal control?

Favor.

Do you favor countywide animal control?

Favor.

PATRICIA GROGAN

Why are you running?

To help the working people, who are under attack from employers and the capitalist system.

How do you feel about the $36-per-year storm drain fee the city imposed on residents this year?

Across-the-board assessments fall unequally upon working people. Money for city services should come from taxing the corporations and the rich.

Is a tough new landlord-tenant ordinance needed? Why?

It should be illegal for landlords to put people out on the street or charge exorbitant rents.

What should the city do to stem the loss of its aging housing stock?

We should launch an immediate public works program to build badly needed housing, schools and health-care centers. This program also would begin to deal with the unemployment problem in the valley.

Would you favor higher taxes to give the Police and Fire departments more support?

Supports raising necessary funds for firefighters. However, police use artificial crime scare to justify brutality against minorities and working people. Would rather spend money on jobs, education, housing and medical care.

Can services be maintained at present levels without tax increase?

Social services should be maintained and increased to meet the needs of working people in the city and nationwide. The war budget should be eliminated and those funds used for human services.

Do you favor a countywide fire department?

Yes, if it eliminates red tape and bureaucracy.

Do you favor countywide animal control?

Yes.

Do you favor light-rail mass transit?

I support low-cost mass-transit geared to the needs of working people in the valley. marks depth at bottom of box with v16 left rule