The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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October 30, 2013

Jennifer Graf

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5. How do you combat rising rates while also completing infrastructure projects in the city of Clinton?

Unfortunately, when the many projects we have going on in the city now were developed, the council at the time didn’t take into consideration how to pay for those projects. We must now find those funding sources. There are options all of which require a tax to be gathered. Either by a franchise fee that could begin realizing funding from sources who pay no taxes at this point (schools, non-profit agencies, churches) who utilize roads and first responder services from the city to begin paying a portion via a franchise fee; to voting yes to both options offered on the ballot November 5th is considered, it should be put on as a ballot decision from you the people – not a decision by the Council.

6. How would you proceed in making Clinton more attractive to new residents and businesses while maintaining services?

Council members need to believe in this city and its opportunities. Too often we get caught up in negativity and personalities without looking at the good things we have going on. If we don’t believe in the potential for our city, how can we expect new (and existing) residents and businesses to believe in our potential? We have had recent expansions at Data Dimensions and our newest resident of the Rail Park, NRM is now advertising for job openings. This is wonderful news. But we don’t put much emphasis on the positives. I think we need to continue working on our family attractions and quality of life options such as the bike path, marina, and our parks to be an attractive destination we can all be proud to call home.

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