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Fresno City Mayor
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During the Great Recession, the city struggled to keep its budget in balance and mend its finances. That meant painful choices -- slashing departments, jobs and services. As the economy recovers, what should the city's financial priorities be? And if you had to cut, what would you cut from the budget?
The Swearengin Administration wants to build a reserve of about 10% of general fund revenues. That could mean the reserve could be as much as $30 million by 2019. Should the city build a reserve of that size, even if it means limited expansion or even short-term reductions in services and smaller raises for employees?
The city only has limited general fund dollars and is trying to rebuild its police and fire departments. Where does parks fit into this? Park money comes out of the general fund, too. And do you favor new parks or rehabbing older parks?
With its new general plan, the city is trying to discourage sprawl and encourage more development within the existing boundaries – especially in older areas of the city. What is your opinion of the new general plan? If you could change it, what would you do? Or is it perfect as is?
What is your opinion of the proposed bus rapid transit system? Right now, routes are proposed for Blackstone, Kings Canyon and Shaw avenues. Is it a good idea? Is it viable? If not, how should it be changed?
Downtown parking garages are a mess and need millions in repairs. The money would have to come from the general fund. Is it worth it? Left to deteriorate, the repair costs will increase. They structures are needed for the recreated Fulton Street to succeed. But what about police and fire needs?
Why are you the most qualified person for this seat?
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