|
|
Examiner
  • Election Q&A – Blue Springs City Council District 1: Preston Smith

  • Preston Smith is a candidate for the District 1 Blue Springs City Council race. He will face incumbent Dale Carter in the April 2 election.

    • email print
  • Preston Smith is a candidate for the District 1 Blue Springs City Council race. He will face incumbent Dale Carter in the April 2 election.
    1. Why are you running for a seat on the Blue Springs City Council?
    I first ran for the City Council in 2001, and during the last 12 years, I’ve seen the city council members get complacent, and the number of new ideas seem to dry up. We’re at a time in our city when we need some aggressive new ideas and some vision. I have not seen it happen with the present council and believe there is a time for a change.
    2. If elected, what are your top three priorities?
    Bring new ideas to the city, especially in terms of economic development; start again the “Renew the Blue” committee to get new ideas from the community and have a top to bottom analysis of the city budget, comparing per-employee and per-resident costs, with like cities, to find ways to reduce expenses.
    3. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the people in your district, and how would you address that challenge?
    Economic development in this city is the greatest challenge we face. If given the choice between commuting to Kansas to go to work or working in Blue Springs, most of our residents would choose to work only a few minutes from home. If we had a healthier economic base for supporting city and local services, our residents could pay lower property taxes and sales taxes.
    4. How would you ensure that the city of Blue Springs operates efficiently?
    For more than 25 years, I have advocated that an independent annual performance audit be conducted of the city programs. This is needed to try to get a different perspective than a financial audit would show.
     
      • calendar