Newark Campaign for Liberty gave candidates for City Council an opportunity to provide a straight answer to the following questions. The candidates’ answers can be seen below the list of questions.
Americans are still recovering from a devastating recession, and many Newark families are struggling to make ends meet. Despite this, all levels of government from the local School Boards to the State threaten to increase our tax burden in the very near future and there has been very little effort to prioritize spending.
1) Will you oppose any increase in the financial burden on the residents through tax increases, rate increases, or creation of mandatory fees?
The City currently owns property behind the Galleria on Main Street and is running a parking lot. The City Administration wants to build and operate a parking garage on this land. Others suggest a private-public partnership, where the City would lease the land to a private entity to build and run a garage. Others wish to sell the property to help balance the city’s budget, and let private industry build and run a garage on their own, if a garage is even needed.
2) Will you oppose any City involvement in the construction or operation of a parking garage on Main Street?
Our storm water system has been neglected for decades. Residences and businesses are flooded during periods of heavy rain, causing extensive damage and loss of assets. The City continues to neglect the issue, claiming they do not have money to fix the problem while they spend millions of dollars on non-essential projects.
3) Do you feel that repairing our storm water drainage system should be a higher priority?
Many issues have recently come up concerning what people may or may not do with their own property. Some issues include what someone can build on their property, what type of business they can conduct on their property, and the types of structures allowed on their property.
4) Will you strongly support private property rights in all matters?