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Lori Boyer questionnaire

Lori Boyer questionnaire

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Mar 08, 2011
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Lori Boyer 
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?
I certainly agree with cutting expenses and believe it is only fair that those utilizing aspecial service should pay for it. Fees for specific services used only by certainindividuals seem appropriate in order to recover the actual cost of providing that specialservice. However, fee increases should not be imposed to facilitate inefficientgovernment operation or fund pay increases during these difficult times. I also believewe should segregate fee revenue for the specific purposes for which it was collected. Ido not like commingling that money in the general fund. I do think there are still toomany examples of poor spending oversight, excessive contract prices, and inefficiencywhich we must strive to eliminate, and we must get control of employee expenses(including pensions). As a result, I am not convinced the millage increase waswarranted. I believe we need to be honest and transparent about what we arecollecting and where we are spending it.
2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer.
I support the community’s effort to look at root causes of crime and to identify programsand policies to address them. I am pleased there is an oversight committee to evaluateperformance and effectiveness. I was happy to see that when a program was notreaching its intended audience, such as the Intramural Sports Program, it was dropped.I am concerned however with the substitute program that was proposed and do notsupport just another budget within which resources are shifted from one project toanother. There are a number of specific Journey programs I support, such as the CrimeFree Multi-family Housing Initiative. However, there are other aspects of the Journeythat are simply too new to adequately evaluate their effectiveness.
3. What endorsements have you received?
First Coast Manufacturers Association; Fraternal Order of Police. I understand that Ihave been endorsed by several other organizations but have not received officialnotification.
4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work?
I have been extensively involved in civic activities for the last 25 years. I would estimatethat I am involved in some volunteer civic activity several days each week and
 
sometimes commit more than 40 hours in a week. Much of my work has been with SanMarco Preservation Society and I was named an Eve Award finalist for my work on theSan Marco zoning overlay. I have had an active role in park improvements andprograms, library improvements, transportation studies, land use studies, roadway,streetscape, and landscape improvements, redistricting, and many procedural andlegislative aspects of our City Code. I have also been involved in many other civicorganizations such as the Jacksonville Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce,Southside Businessmen’s Club, SHADCO, JCCI, and the Women’s Giving Alliance. Iam also volunteer/ member of many other charitable and community organizations suchas the Riverkeeper, Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, Junior League of Jacksonville, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and the Institute for Worship Studies.
5. How do you intend to comply with Florida¹s public records and government inthe sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breaking the sunshine law, whatwould you do?
I have attended a multi-hour continuing legal education program on the topic and fullyintend to comply with the law in all respects. I will notice meetings with other Councilmembers in order to provide an opportunity to work together on constructive solutions toissues facing the City. If I saw people breaking the Sunshine Law, I would advise themthat I thought they were violating the law, suggest that they stop doing so, and reportthe violation.
6. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. Johns River?
I support application of a specified portion of the revenue generated from collection of the stormwater fee to water quality improvement. I believe we should begin toimplement the recommendations of the tributary creek studies that have beencompleted. We should encourage waterfront landscaping that prevents nutrient runoff by creating incentives for doing so. We also need to complete sewer line installation inareas served by septic systems in close proximity to waterways.
7. How can you become engaged in the city¹s high murder, infant mortality andsuicide rates?
In each area we are dealing with issues of self worth and hopelessness and faith-basedprograms are particularly effective with creating a sense of purpose. I am involvedpersonally through charitable giving and involvement in non-profit organizations. For example, my church has partnered with Cornerstone Church and the Women’s GivingAlliance is engaged with a juvenile justice initiative and a program for girls aging out of 

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