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Examiner
  • Election Q&A – Blue Springs City Council District 3: Michael Freeman

  • Michael Freeman is a candidate for the District 3 Blue Springs City Council race. He will face Susan Culpepper in the April 2 election.

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  • Michael Freeman is a candidate for the District 3 Blue Springs City Council race. He will face Susan Culpepper in the April 2 election.
    1. Why are you running for a seat on the Blue Springs City Council?
    I am passionate about this community. Since 2008, property taxes have been raised three out of five years, while at the same time the city debt has increased 200 percent. We are relocating businesses from one part of the city to another and calling it growth. It is time the city council has a new voice and a new energy.
    2. If elected, what are your top three priorities?
    Missouri 7 is being overwhelmed with blight. We are seeing a dramatic increase in tobacco shops and payday loans. Let’s put as much focus on Missouri 7, the main corridor of the city, as we have in Adams Dairy and the Woods Chapel corridor.
    It’s time to put more energy in attracting business that offers quality, high-paying jobs. Hopefully, these new workers will relocate their families to Blue Springs. 2) Increase our tax base and offering sustainable growth. 3) The hottest topic in Blue Springs is the (proposed) community center. I am in favor of this under two conditions. I would not support a property tax increase and any sales tax increase must go to the vote of the people.
    3. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the people in your district, and how would you address that challenge?
    I remember as a child driving to White Oak, it was the pride of the city and people came from other cities to eat and shop there. It is now the true definition of blight. This would be the perfect place for the community center.
    4. How would you ensure that the city of Blue Springs operates efficiently?
    When anyone poses a question (about) frivolous spending, the standard answer is that is a mere drop in the bucket. In my opinion enough drops in a bucket would fill up the bucket. To begin with I would cut extravagant spending such as art displays and retreats for city council and city staff.
     
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