My decision to run for a seat on the Homer City Council comes from a desire to leave Homer better than I found it — I owe it to my children and grandchildren. In a time when the financial needs of our City outweigh the funds that are coming in, our Council must put their heads together to find a solution to these shrinking resources as well as carefully scrutinize what is being spent.
I have a few ideas that I would like to pursue. One would be to our utilize our harbor and create a distribution station that would benefit Homer businesses with import and export opportunities as well as moving product to Kenai, Soldotna, and on up the road. Homer may be marketed as the end of the road but I see the potential of making us the beginning of the road. It makes sense to use what we already have to its greatest potential.
I understand that there are no easy answers or quick fixes. It will take a City Council dedicated to working hard together to dream and explore opportunities that will expand our ability to bring in the funds needed to make Homer a thriving City while at the same time being wise about what is being spent. A simple mathematical approach that calls for funds in before funds out with a portion set aside for future needs. We can do this by helping our economy increase tax revenue or taking it from our residents with increased taxes. I know which I prefer.
If I am elected to the Homer City Council, I will devote my time and energy to preserve what makes Homer great and pursue what will make us greater.