Bill Gulliford

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 am opposed to more revenue increase generated by increased millage rates or fees. It is time to exert the same kind of fiscal restraint and accountability we have seen exercised by businesses, large and small in these tough economic times. It is also time to rethink the way the city operates. Going forward I believe cities will not survive and prosper using the same old traditional model; it will take some new and novel approaches to be more cost effective. I would strongly support any mayor's move in that direction. 2. Do you support the Jacksonville Journey? Explain your answer. I surely support the effort. I think early intervention along with enforcement is very important. However, what started out with enthusiasm and direction seems to have waivered and disappeared from the public eye. I was impressed by the level of citizen involvement at the start but that seems to have disappeared. I have wondered why those initial participants weren't kept involved if even just to assess the successes and failures along the way and publically report. The big challenge in the future is funding but surely some of that could be offset I think by direct, effective citizen involvement at all levels along with measuring the success and keeping the public aware. 3. What endorsements have you received? I have received the endorsement of all three Beach mayors, a number of city council and commission members at the Beach, former mayor John Delaney, former city council member Art Graham, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the First Coast Manufacturers Association. I either have had or will have interviews with the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, the Northeast Florida Builders Association, Northeast Florida Association of Realtors, the Chamber of Commerce and the Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County. I suspect there may be some others after that. 4. How much civic activity do you perform outside work? I have been a member of Rotary International since 1974 and have been and continue to be involved in numerous civic and charitable efforts as a member.

I am currently a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville Beaches and was a founding.,board member and .. a - ," past president of that organization. I originally got involved with it because of the civic and charitable nature of that activity. The charitable aspect is obvious but the other value I saw when I was a mayor is the improvement of neighborhoods.It has proven to be the case. I also think that is why Habitat for Humanity International has moved to the program of neighborhood revitalization and not just building new houses. The success of that program reduces pressure on governments especially in the area of social programs. Internationally, I have helped the Russians educate their citizenry on community service and volunteerism and just returned from a trip to Russia in December paid for by the regional government in Perm Russia and sponsored by a Russian non-profit organization. I was a speaker at a seminar of people representing governments and NGO's from all over Russia and led a group forum later in the day. That will continue to be an ongoing activity. The concept of civic and community service in the U.S. is a good export commodity. 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 intend to follow both the letter and intent of the law and will avoid even situations that may call into question the possibility of a violation of the sunshine laws. The same is true with any record, notes, emails and the like I would generate or receive in the course of city business. I was bound by these laws when I was the mayor of Atlantic Beach so I have some familiarity with them. I believe if I didn't report a violation of the law to the state attorney, under Section 286 as an elected official I in turn would knowingly be violating the law. I will abide by the law. 6. What can you do to help support the clean-up of the St. John¶s River? For a lot of reasons, including the river, I would like to pursue a signlificant capital projectnto reduce the septic tank population in Jacksonville. I don't know the potential for funding but I think it is critical especially in areas adjacent to the river. We still have septic tanks operating throughout parts of the core city and that is hard to believe in the 21st century. I would like to know more about how much the city's sewer contributes to the degradation of the river and will look at that if elected. Beyond that, I would participate in constant focus on efforts to improve the quality of the river, but ultimately that effort is going to need to be unified from one end of the river to the other. Maybe it is time for a community-based organization that will bring all the interest along the length of the river together, and provide 'a forum to discuss

differences and improvements.' I can't directly affect effluent outfall, from say the paper mill at Palatka, as a Jacksonville City councilman. 7. How can you become engaged in the city¶s high murder, infant mortality and'suicide rates? The first step is to participate in a plan to bring constant and full attention to the problems. Then I would encourage the mayor to establish a comprehensive plan to address the problems as much as our resources would allow. But these are problems that go beyond a city government's involvement because the negative impact is on businesses and individuals too. The participation needs to be widespread. 8. Has consolidation been a good or bad deal for Jacksonville? Please explain your answer. I don't believe it has been a totally good deal or totally bad deal for Jacksonville. It has had mixed results. I think the strongest argument was the elimination of duplication that would result in lower costs and higher efficiencies of government. Up until now that has seemed to hold true but are we now creeping closer to the combined city / county costs found in other metropolitan areas of Florida? Another potential problem with consolidation is that it consolidates power and authority. Sometimes that makes things more efficient but it also can cause a negative and more costly governmental environment. I wonder if the General Counsel, representing all city offices, departments and divisions, always functions in the citizens' best interest? Are central services the most efficient way for the government to operate? My experiences in business taught me to always look for more efficient ways to operate to save money and perform better and we embraced change for that reason. I don't think consolidation has been a particularly good deal for the citizens of the Beaches whom I will represent if elected. Part of the problem is a lack of understanding of the relationship between those municipalities and Jacksonville, functioning solely as their county. It was further hampered by the fact that it made little sense to not totally consolidate the county and city. Because of the way the vote took place, we ended up with no true, countywide consolidation and it has created problems over the years. Presently I think the facts would support that it does not offer' any real benefit to the citizens of the'Beaches and indeed levies higher costs for county services than other counties in Florida currently charge for the same services. What is the role of a council member? As mtni-mayor?Or as legislator? I assume this is your trick question? Of course, I would function as a legislator. In the city manager form of government in which I participated in Atlantic Beach, I was

legislative, even though I was the mayor. In that capacity I functioned much like the president of the Jacksonville City Council. The mayor of Jacksonville is the executive and the council is the legislative branch. I understand the process, the structure, and my place, if elected.

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