John Hibbs, Candidate for District 6
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?
The sales tax is on the ballot and the voters will be the ultimate decisionmakers on whether the tax will go through. Not having been on the Council and available to review all the information presented this question doesn’t allow for a fully informed decision. With that said, the tax is in use throughout the region and the State of Texas. When used effectively it allows for urban renewal in areas that have struggled. Namely in similar areas like East Arlington, Division Street, older neighborhoods and high concentrations of multi-family areas.
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?