Warren Lee

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? First to balance the budget never required revenue increases levied on the citizens of Jacksonville. When there are items in the budget that are just plainly outlandish 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 study on whether to move the Fairgrounds; $18 Million for a tree budget; $4 plus Million to the Jaguars; I love my team but that money could have been used towards the general fund $600k for a state’s attorney catwalk; $1.5 Million to hire outside lawyers while the city has at least 40 lawyers on it’s payroll and the list goes on! I would cut wasteful spending in the budget! Then roll back the recent property tax hike and replace it with a mixture bonds, explore the possibility of toll’s on all major interstate highways entering the city, and possibly use a penny sales tax so 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 established to assist in reducing crime and have a police presence in the communities! I would strengthen this initiative as for as fighting crime and after school programs and 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 the possibilities 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 and government in the sunshine laws? If you saw an elected official breaking the sunshine law, what would you do? It is my belief that the Florida Sunshine Laws and Public Records Laws are to be strictly enforced! My administration will uphold the laws with transparent actions to the city! There will not be any back room deals by me or anyone in my administration! If other officials are caught in the act of violating those laws they will 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 needs to be brought to the riverfront. 7. How can you become engaged in the city’s high murder, infant mortality and suicide rates? Murder, infant mortality, and suicides are the strongest emotional, psychological and physical destruction of the family units in our city. As mayor, I will put public service announcements with my face and voice addressing all of these issues and the importance of life. As far as murder and violent crimes are concerned, I will mobilize an additional 50 officers on the street in my first year in office. Next, I will put JSO sub-stations in neighborhoods for strong police visibility, in the community! Suicides must be dealt with on a values-to-life basis. I say this because during my time as Juvenile Corrections Officer, I had to make the call one night when a teenager under my watch decided her life was not worth living and took steps to end her life! That night, her life became more important to me than policy, rules and orders. I took it upon myself to revive her and give her the chance at life she really deserves. This year, that young lady will graduate from high school because I cared enough to reach out my hand. As mayor I will keep reaching out my hand to this community, teaching the values of living. Our Health Department has to be empowered to reach and teach our community proper prenatal care and parenting classes to impact healthy childbirth and reduce infant mortality. These programs can be funded through grants and corporate funding. 8. Has consolidation been a good or bad deal for Jacksonville? Please explain your answer. For some services it has been good. For others such as police it has been questionable! 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 have leadership that will put this city on a diet, cut lavish spending and streamline the way we do business. I can’t walk into my boss’ office and tell him/her I have some new wants, and you have to pay for them! The Mayor and Council cannot do 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,

be accounted for and justified! The possibility of reversing the consolidation must be explored. The size of our city perhaps has to be shrunken. This will enable more federal dollars to gravitate towards the first coast. Our transportation infrastructure is lacking at best. We need commuter trains from the Airport to St Augustine, from Whitehouse to the beaches. We need to increase the means of transportation in a city this large.

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