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Candidates weigh in on police, zoning development

Question:Mayor Rocky Anderson wants 90 more police officers by 2010. This goal may require tax increases. What's your opinion?

Gordon Poulson: "I do not support general tax increases, but I support raising fines for speeding and parking violations, and designating those funds strictly for the law-enforcement budget."

Soren Simonsen: "I support increasing the size of the force with trained and dedicated officers over a period of time that does not unnecessarily strain the city's fiscal health."

Question: One of the biggest issues of late in District 3 has been people tearing down traditional homes and replacing them with monster homes. How should city government handle this issue?

Gordon Poulson: "Private-property owners have the right to improve their property, but they must do so only in accordance with appropriate zoning requirements. Homes that are clearly inappropriate for the rest of the neighborhood will only depress property values and create conflict in our neighborhoods."

Soren Simonsen: "As a member of the Salt Lake Historic Landmarks Commission for over six years I have helped administer policies for infill and redevelopment of the city's oldest historic neighborhoods. The regulating policies for design compatibility in our historic districts are a model for design issues in many of our other older neighborhoods where compatibility issues have been particularly divisive."

Question: What's your vision for the city's undeveloped Northwest Quadrant west of the Salt Lake City International Airport? If you favor development how will the city pay for it?

Gordon Poulson: "Salt Lake City's tax base has shifted south, and to keep our city vibrant and growing we need to consider developing our remaining land. Development must be balanced however, leaving adequate open space, and creating sufficient revenue to pay for the added cost of public safety and services."

Soren Simonsen: "The potential for development in this area must be carefully considered — there is so much at stake and only one chance to get it right. . . . My strong leadership and understanding of issues and policies will help ensure development and open-space issues are handled correctly, both in this area, and in other sensitive open-space areas in Salt Lake City."