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Warren Lee questionnaire

Warren Lee questionnaire

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Mar 08, 2011
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Warren Lee
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?
First to balance the budget never required revenue increases levied on thecitizens of Jacksonville. When there are items in the budget that are just plainlyoutlandish by this and past republican administration; and there is no voice of reason to say no, then you are left with items like this; $400k for feasibility studyon whether to move the Fairgrounds; $18 Million for a tree budget; $4 plus Millionto the Jaguars; I love my team but that money could have been used towards thegeneral fund $600k for a state’s attorney catwalk; $1.5 Million to hire outsidelawyers while the city has at least 40 lawyers on it’s payroll and the list goes on! Iwould cut wasteful spending in the budget! Then roll back the recent property taxhike and replace it with a mixture bonds, explore the possibility of toll’s on allmajor interstate highways entering the city, and possibly use a penny sales taxso that all persons who enter our city will help pay the cost of our city’s operation!
2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer.
Yes! As it one of the good initiatives that the present administration establishedto assist in reducing crime and have a police presence in the communities! Iwould strengthen this initiative as for as fighting crime and after school programsand all programs dealing with our children!
3. What endorsements have you received?
None thus far.
4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work?
Quite a bit. In the community, mentoring and tutoring young men on thepossibilities ahead of them in life! Through my church affiliation, and other organization including the FBI Task Force on Human Trafficking.
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?
It is my belief that the Florida Sunshine Laws and Public Records Laws are to bestrictly enforced! My administration will uphold the laws with transparent actionsto the city! There will not be any back room deals by me or anyone in myadministration! If other officials are caught in the act of violating those laws theywill be reported and dealt with under the appropriate ethics laws.
 
6. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. Johns River?
Those factories and companies along the St. Johns River must reduce their pollution into the river. The city needs to invest in a community volunteer service“clean up our river campaign” and new companies using green technology needsto be brought to the riverfront.
7. How can you become engaged in the city’s high murder, infant mortalityand suicide rates?
Murder, infant mortality, and suicides are the strongest emotional, psychologicaland physical destruction of the family units in our city. As mayor, I will put publicservice announcements with my face and voice addressing all of these issuesand the importance of life. As far as murder and violent crimes are concerned, Iwill mobilize an additional 50 officers on the street in my first year in office. Next, Iwill put JSO sub-stations in neighborhoods for strong police visibility, in thecommunity!Suicides must be dealt with on a values-to-life basis. I say this because duringmy time as Juvenile Corrections Officer, I had to make the call one night when ateenager under my watch decided her life was not worth living and took steps toend her life! That night, her life became more important to me than policy, rulesand orders. I took it upon myself to revive her and give her the chance at life shereally deserves. This year, that young lady will graduate from high schoolbecause I cared enough to reach out my hand. As mayor I will keep reaching outmy hand to this community, teaching the values of living.Our Health Department has to be empowered to reach and teach our communityproper prenatal care and parenting classes to impact healthy childbirth andreduce infant mortality. These programs can be funded through grants andcorporate funding.
8. Has consolidation been a good or bad deal for Jacksonville? Pleaseexplain your answer.
For some services it has been good. For others such as police it has beenquestionable! The process was supposed to reduce government and it’s cost!What consolidation did for Jacksonville was created big government, out of control spending, raising taxes and a plethora fees levied upon our citizens.It has the potential to be what it was originally designed for, but it has to haveleadership that will put this city on a diet, cut lavish spending and streamline theway we do business. I can’t walk into my boss’ office and tell him/her I havesome new wants, and you have to pay for them! The Mayor and Council cannotdo this to the citizens of Jacksonville. We must do better in managing our dollars.As Mayor I will make sure every penny of every dollar of the taxpayers money,

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