Scott Shafer is running for Grain Valley Board of Alderman, Ward 1. Shafer, 46, is a foreman for Clarkson Construction out of Kansas City. He and his wife, Sonya, have two sons – Jake Shafer, 10, and Adam Shafer, 24. Shafer is running for Grain Valley Board of Alderman, Ward 1.

 

Scott Shafer is running for Grain Valley Board of Alderman, Ward 1. Shafer, 46, is a foreman for Clarkson Construction out of Kansas City. He and his wife, Sonya, have two sons – Jake Shafer, 10, and Adam Shafer, 24. Shafer is running for Grain Valley Board of Alderman, Ward 1.
 
1 Why are you running for alderman?
I think we need a change in town. I think we need to figure out how to get our taxes down. I  really think we need to tighten our belts and cut down on spending. I think we need to hold the city accountable for what we’re spending and how we’re spending the tax payers’ money. Not to spend money we don’t have.
 
2 What do you think is the biggest issue facing Grain Valley right now? Our taxes, our water bills. It’s a little bit of everything. Trying to get new growth in town. There’s really not one big issue. There are several issues that are big that we need to get taken care of.

3 The city is partnering with Blue Springs to fund a new waste water treatment facility with plans to pay it through connection fees. Do you support this plan? How would you propose meeting the city’s increasing infrastructure demands? The connection fees aren’t going to pay for the new waste water treatment plant. They’re projecting 250 new homes per year. Their new budget for this year, they’re only budgeting 28 homes. They already know they’re going to do 250 new homes. I don’t agree with the way they’re going to tack it on to the connection fees. When you do that, you’re raising the cost of the home.  I would like to see more development come to town so we can get taxes off people coming to town off I-70.
 
4 Citywide trash service has been the center of much debate recently. Do you support the idea? Why or why not?
If you look at the numbers and you really look at it, it saves the city money. It saves wear and taear on our streets. It saves the tax payers money as far as trash service. I enter this cautiously because I believe we need to be able to answer people’s questions and have concrete answers.
 
5 Grain Valley has suffered from a decreasing tax base during the recession. What would you support as a means to increase that revenue stream for the city? With the businesses that will come from the 40 highway expansion, we can go to that for money. That would help take the burden off. I think we really need to get that done to help the tax payer. To get our water bills down. To make it affordable to live in Grain Valley.
– Stephanie L. Boothe