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Mike Hogan questionnaire

Mike Hogan questionnaire

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Mar 08, 2011
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Florida Times-Union Editorial Board Questionnaire ± Mike Hogan
1. In recent years, the mayor and City Council have used a mix of revenueincreases and cuts in expenses to balance the city budget. Do you agree? If not,what would you do differently?
For the first 10 years of our city¶s consolidated form of government, elected officialsrealized savings from removing duplicate layers of government and efficiencies fromcentralized services. Because of these savings, city officials were able to lower the taxrate each year during this period.
Until about four years ago, each year¶s growth in the city¶s tax roll provided city budgetmakers with additional revenues. We do NOT have a revenue problem. We have aspending problem! We must learn to live within our revenue stream like every family inJacksonville does. We will not present a budget with tax increases to the City Council.We will look at replacing full time employee vacancies with part-time workers. I will alsototally overhaul our finance department and our procurement procedures, review allinvestment programs, reserve levels and request an independent, pro bono audit of our financial infrastructure to provide other areas to reduce spending.
We will tether the growth of our government spending to the growth of our economy. Ifought hard at the state level for measures that would have required local governmentsto live within their means and avoid increasing the burden on taxpayers.
Temporary fluctuations in the economy should not be met with increased taxes and feesthat tend to be permanent. That is why the city has reserves. Those reserves, on theother hand, should not be used in an attempt to fund recurring expenses such as salaryor benefit increases.
Meanwhile, the local government must do whatever it can to aid the local economy --not by increasing costs to the taxpayers but by reducing costs to businesses, especiallysmall businesses.
To quote Sen. Marco Rubio, "It¶s pretty simple to understand´. The economy doesn'tgrow because of politicians. It grows because of people that start businesses or expandexisting businesses.
. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer.
As mayor I will meet with the Sheriff and the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committeeand review the program to ensure that it is having a measurable impact on the crimerate commensurate with the considerable cost. My decision on whether to continue,discontinue, increase or decrease funding will be directly related to the return oninvestment those hard-earned tax dollars are producing.
While first reviews of the Jacksonville Journey suggest it is having a positive impact, wemust create partnerships with existing programs like PAL, Junior Achievement andothers who can administer these same programs at a much smaller cost. My goal is toprivatize and partner with existing 501C-3's and create savings of 15-20 percent by2012. Also, there should be no need for additional funding for the Jacksonville Journeyuntil the city regains its fiscal strength.
. What endorsements have you received?
My campaign has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and The NortheastFlorida Builders Association in addition to many individual civic, business and politicalleaders.
. How much civic activity do you perform outside work?
I am and have been very involved in numerous civic activities. Some of my civicactivities have included: United Way Allocation Committee; Leadership Jacksonville;Telephone Pioneers; Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; Vice President, Intra-fraternalCouncil; Little League Baseball Coach (seven years); Member, Deacon, Sunday SchoolTeacher, Department Director and Secretary First Baptist Church of Jacksonville (38years); Board of Directors of the following: 1
1 Credit Union; Riverside Rotary (PastPresident); Fellowship of Christian Athletes(past chairman); Women In Need; BobTebow Evangelistic Association (past president); Northeast Florida Safety Council.
. How do you intend to comply with Florida¶s public records and government inthe sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breaking the sunshine law, whatwould you do?
I intend to comply fully with all of Florida¶s laws, including its public records andGovernment in the Sunshine laws. Naturally, if I saw or knew about anyone breakingthe law I would report it to the proper authority.
. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. Johns River?
The St. Johns River is many things to many different constituents. It is an environmentaltreasure, an economic resource and a signature natural feature that definesJacksonville. The city has a responsibility to play a leadership role in balancing all thosecompeting and complimentary interests while ensuring that we protect the future of thisresource for everyone¶s benefit for generations to come and still respecting privateproperty rights.Our next mayor must provide leadership on this issue. There has been continuousimprovement in the river for almost 40 years beginning with the city ending its longpractice of dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into the river daily. I support thework being done by The St. Johns River Alliance, Sen. John Thrasher and other state

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