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Ward 3 race is interesting

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I’m interested in how the City Council race in Ward 3 is developing.

On one hand, we have incumbent councilor Art Sandoval, a 16-year veteran on the council with a less-than-stellar attendance record and who has never introduced any constructive resolutions. His role is basically one of support of the status quo.

In his videoed interview with the Daily Record, Sandoval confessed that, in hindsight, “maybe things should have been done differently” regarding the Cahoon Park pool, the gross receipts tax increase and so on.

Hindsight is always 20/20. Had Sandoval represented his constituents to the extent of his fiduciary responsibility, and done his job, the pool would not have been needlessly closed for the past 2-plus years and we would not be taking on this enormous debt!

On the other hand, we have Judy Stubbs, resurrected after a lengthy hiatus, whose 16-year tenure on the City Council was much like her video interview with the Daily Record, all about “ME.” Stubbs offered nothing about what she contributed to Roswell in the past or what she would contribute in the future. Stubbs’ constituents should be aware of her shockingly lackluster performance.

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Does Roswell really want more of the same old failed representation of the kind Art Sandoval and Judy Stubbs bring, moving forward?

I’ve been critical of how the current administration goes about borrowing and spending money. In brief, I will explain why their way of thinking is a recipe for financial trouble. In the real world, it’s referred to as spending beyond your means. Certainly not a conservative approach.

What this administration does is; propose expensive projects that are not well thought out, with insufficient funds to ensure success, they raise taxes without taking into account that the debt incurred will fall on the backs of future generations as well as have a negative impact on economic development.

By example, another community in the southwest part of the state operates under the “Home Rule” system of municipal government. Wanting to encourage economic development, a ballot measure to raise taxes by a 1/4 percent specifically for economic development was introduced and passed and has been renewed via ballot, every five years for the past 20 years. They now have a $60 million fund to pursue their plans without accumulating long-term debt. A recipe for success.

Fred Moran
Roswell

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