Issues

Transparency

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  • Complete transparency is vital to ensure the public trust.
  • It is vital media and citizens have access to all public information.
  • All meetings open to the public should be transmitted live and recorded for on demand viewing. This includes all City Council Committee of the Whole and regular meetings.
  • In a representative citizen government, it is important that citizens are active in the process to be informed and provide various perspectives to your representatives.
  • Committee of the Whole meetings should be true work sessions.  This is not the place to vote on issues unless absolutely necessary.  Votes should take place in regularly advertised meetings.

Infrastructure

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  • One of the main functions of local government is creating and maintaining infrastructure.
  • Rocky Mount has $62.3 million of unfunded needs which is likely the tip of the iceberg. If for nothing else we need to invest in this infrastructure for economic development and safety.
  • We need to adequately fund the maintenance of our 283 miles of streets by supplementing our $3 million Powell Bill funding from the state and the additional $2 million from the general fund.

Budget and Taxes

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  • The tax rate is a balancing act, a friction between properly funding city services, and a tax rate our citizens feel offers proper value.
  • A city budget can be quite complicated to follow, but our citizenry has to feel the budget is passed and administered with transparency.
  • While the budget must be balanced by statute and regulation, we need to balance the budget through prudent expenditures, not through raising tax rates.
  • Our City budget is about providing the services the citizens need and require, with great respect for where those hard earned tax dollars originate.
  • City and emergency services clearly need to be paid by the government, but economic development should look first to the private sector with government expenditures only as a piece, or as last resort.
  • While the City does not have a direct primary responsibility for secondary education, the environment around our schools needs adequately funded law enforcement, so our students know they are safe.
  • There has been more than enough written about this issue, now we must take action to prevent conflicts of interest, self dealing by officials, and an environment where trust is paramount.

Economy

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  • Rocky Mount needs to create an environment that nurtures existing businesses and is welcoming to new businesses.
  • Studies show that small business creates the bulk of jobs in the U.S. We need to make the environment for small business welcoming and efficient.

Crime

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  • A healthy vibrant community has fewer incentives for crime. Well supported law enforcement is a necessary disincentive.
  • This is key to reducing crime by providing resources for our youth and ensuring our neighborhoods have things such as lighting to deter crime.

Community Involvement

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In a representative citizen government, it is important that citizens are active in the process to be informed and provide various perspectives to your representatives.

Government Reform

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  • The health of our city government is largely dependent upon morale of its employees, requiring fair compensation and healthy work culture.
  • Serving on the City Council should not be a career. Our government was designed for interested citizens to offer themselves for a time, and go back to private life.