Raul Gonzalez, Candidate for District 2
1. Sales Tax – please respond by March 12, 2020
This May's ballot includes a measure to increase the sales tax another ¼ cent to 8.25%. Would you have voted to put this on the ballot? Why or why not? How do you plan to vote on this issue? Why?
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to THE SPECTATOR’s audience. Had I been on the council, I would have voted to place the ¼ cent increase before the voters for them to decide as has been done with previous usage of Arlington’s sales tax option. Like many voters, I am still learning the particulars of this ¼ cent increase and have not determined if I will cast my vote in favor of this usage of Arlington’s last ¼ cent.
2. Density – please respond by March 19, 2020
How do you feel about changing commercially zoned properties to multi-family zoned properties? What if the area already contains many, many apartments such as southeast Arlington in the Hwy 360 corridor? How do you feel about RMU (Regional Mixed Use) zoning and its potential 100 units/acre?
3. Transportation – please respond by March 26, 2020
Via's December 2019 contract renewal has increased the geographical coverage area to 41% (and is available to 49% of the population). Meanwhile, the contract is paid 53% by Arlington taxpayers, 31% by Federal Grant, and 16% by the people taking the rides. Is this fair to the taxpayers, most of whom are not covered, but are paying 53%? How do you plan to vote on future funding? What is your solution? [the staff report: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/481268/Staff_Report_-___MF__RK__-_FINAL.pdf].
4. Communications – please respond by April 2, 2020
If a constituent e-mails you a question or comment on an issue where you disagree and asks you for a response, will you respond to the constituent? Why or why not?
5. Issue – please respond by April 9, 2020
What is the most important issue the city council is facing? Why?