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Vanessa Williams questionnaire

Vanessa Williams questionnaire

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Published by: The Florida Times-Union on Mar 08, 2011
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Vanessa Williams

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 you agree? If not, what would you do differently? I do not agree. Instead of raising fees and taxes again, it is time to do what our families do during times of need - cut spending and live within our means. We need to look at new ways of cutting waste and generating revenue. The first step needs to be a thorough examination of the entire budget. It is time to get creative and realize there are cuts both large and small that can make a difference. Examples are: Cutting duplicative services - why pay federal tax dollars for a service and then pay local taxes for the same service? Rent empty office space to the private sector - why should the city have empty offices? Let's use these offices to create revenue. Everyone has been impacted by the recession, and the citizens of Jacksonville cannot afford to pay for more of Jacksonville's wasteful spending. 2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? The Jacksonville Journey does some very comendable work that is valuable to our community. However, I do not believe City dollars should go to replacing Federal grant money that.is no longer available.

3. What endorsements have you received? I was elected to the leadership of the Republican Women's Club of Duval Federated.

4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work? I was very active in the past 2010 elections, working hard to ensure the Republican Party had sucess on a state and local level. I also work with high school age students, teaching them their rights as they enter the workforce. As well as, offering my help where needed with various community groups . 5. How do you intend to comply with Florida1s public records and government in the sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breaking the sunshine law, what would you do?

I believe our government must be accountable to the people; and open government is an essential part of that accountability. Once elected, I plan to work in the open and be fully accessible to my constituents. I also expect the same from my collegues. 6. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. Johns River? The St. John's River is such a valuable asset to Jacksonville. It is our duty to clean up and protect this natural resource. City council is responsible to aid in these efforts any way they can, while still being fiscally responsible. 7. How can you become engaged in the city's high murder, infant mortality and suicide rates? I would like to sit down with community groups and meet one on one with the Sheriff and the Police chiefs at the Beaches to learn firsthand what the issues are that they are facing. 8. Has consolidation been a good or bad deal for Jacksonville? Please explain your answer. Consolidation has been a good deal for Jacksonville. The consolidation brought the people of Jacksonville together and has secured a more efficient and effective government. It has also allowed for Jacksonville to experience tremendous growth, and financial expansion. It is important for the beaches to be properly represented as part of this consolidated government. During the upcoming redistriciting, there is talk of combining all of the beaches communities into one district. I am opposed to this position because the beaches are a valuable part of Jacksonville, and they deserve more than just one voice on the city council. What is the role of a council member? As a mini-mayor? Or as legislator? A council member is a legislator.

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