Paul Martinez for City Council At-Large Group 2Question 1. In recent years, the mayor and City Council have used a mix of revenue increases and cuts in expenses to balance the city budget. Do youagree? If not, what would you do differently?
I am a fiscal conservative so mypriority with the budget is to cut waste and reduce taxes. Jacksonville taxpayersshould not be expected to foot the bill for irresponsible government spending.The new courthouse was projected to cost $190 million, but now it is estimated itwill be over $350 million for construction costs. If that isn’t enough, thecourthouse is almost twice as large as our convention center. That’s not smartspending.
Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer
. Yes, I support its goal, but like all government programs its fiscalefficiency needs to be regularly evaluated.
Question 3. What endorsements have you received?
Jax Biz, Sen. JohnThrasher
Question 4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work?
Boardmember of Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board, member of Florida StateHispanic Chamber of Commerce, member of Hispanic Council for Reform andEducational Options, and a volunteer at Clara White Mission.
Question 5. How do you intend to comply with Florida’s public records andgovernment in the sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breakingthe sunshine law, what would you do?
The Sunshine Laws protect citizens,and I fully support openness in government. I would comply fully with them andreport any violations.
Question 6. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. JohnsRiver?
All Jacksonville citizens can help in the clean-up by not polluting the river further and by understanding the dangers of over-fertilizing. At the same time,only 33% of the St. Johns is in Jacksonville. We need to work with the other stakeholders and the Riverkeeper to devise practical solutions for cleaning up theriver. It is a vital resource for Jacksonville, and we have a responsibility to begood stewards of it. Having said all that, we must accomplish our goal of a cleanriver without over-burdening local businesses and residents.
Question 7 How can you become engaged in the City's high infantmortality, suicide and murder rates?