My campaign issues as a City Councilman are as easy to remember as ABCD. I’ll be adding to these over the course of the campaign.
Aviation. The City of Macon manages two airports and does so poorly. With the City of Atlanta growing and in need of a second airport, Macon is in a prime location to benefit. However, to do so, Macon must be willing to invest in the airports by letting go of control. Private management is the only way we will be able to move forward and stop being fined hundreds of thousands of dollars by the FAA.
Business Friendly. Duplication of services between the city and county should end. The inefficiencies make Macon less business friendly than it should be, drive up costs and complications for small business owners, and eat away at tax payer funds. I’ll continue to work to consolidate business licensing, fees, and inspection services.
Crime & Corruption. I accept the “Broken Window” theory of crime management propounded by scholar James Q. Wilson. In putting forth the theory, Professor Wilson noted
Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars.
From the proliferation of “spas” in Macon to chop shops and petty crimes, the City of Macon must take a hard line on crime and corruption within the city.
Divest, Delegate, and Downsize. The City of Macon should immediately divest itself of unneeded property not currently contributing to property tax revenue. The number of properties held by the city is absurd. Likewise, Macon should be willing to delegate city functions to the private sector when those job functions would be more efficiently, capably performed, e.g. airport management. Lastly, upon divesting unneeded property and delegating city functions to the private sector, the City of Macon should downsize. There are too many employees on the taxpayer’s payroll.