J.J. Fenceroy, Candidate District 1
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?
I believe strongly in involving the residents of Arlington in decisions that affect their lives. The ballot box gives them definitive say in the matter, however, I feel there should have been townhalls, public discussion and a lot more transparency on the issue of raising our sales and use tax for economic development so our residents know exactly what they are getting before going to the polls to vote on the matter. Because this seems very rushed with little input from our residents I would not have supported putting it on the ballot at this time.
I will personally not be voting for the measure because I don't believe raising taxes on our residents is a fair or reasonable way to pay for economic development. I would rather see investment in economic development come from revenues generated from previous economic development investment, not from increasing the tax burden on our residents.
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?