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Steve Hyers questionnaire

Steve Hyers questionnaire

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Mar 08, 2011
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Steve Hyers
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 agree with a mix, but it went too, far on the tax increases & not far enough on theexpense reduction side. Like the private sector, each department is going to have tosubmit a plan to cut expenses to match projected revenues. Like on the private sector (and pointed out by Bill Bishop), those department heads need to provide head-countand dollars to functions. If we don't get there that way, an independent consultant needsto come in and assess the efficiencies-just like in the private sector.
2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer.
I like the journey in concept, but it lacks enough individual accountability and relies onstats (reduction in crime in 2009-2010) that is a national phenomena, not solely due tothe program. I come from those types of neighborhoods. It would be extremely difficultfor someone o accuse me of being insensitive to the plight of the underprivileged. Tobalance the budget, I would most likely cut some dollars here.
3. What endorsements have you received?
The most important endorsements - my neighbors and small businesses here in mydistrict 95% of my contributions are from those folks. Please drive around myneighborhood and see what I mean. My neighbors know me.
4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work?
Much, but most "under the radar". I belong to many civic org's (see campaign promo),but do much for charity, and in a way where the folks receiving it don't know where it'scoming from.
5. How do you intend to comply with Florida's public records and governmentin the sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breaking the sunshinelaw, what would you do?
Be careful about what I say, when I say it and to whom. Turn ‘em in.

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