Ruby Woolridge, Candidate for Mayor
1. Term Limits – please respond by March 14, 2019
Last November, voters approved term limits for the Arlington City Council. What is your opinion of these term limits?
I will honor the vote of the citizens in the term limit campaign of 2018 and I will work to provide the best leadership possible for the citizens of the city. Term limits provides the city an opportunity for an infusion of new leadership along with veteran municipal leaders.
2. Transportation – please respond by March 21, 2019
Please describe, including price maximums to taxpayers, your thoughts on public transportation.
Did not respond.
3. Communications – please respond by March 28, 2019
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?
I want Arlington city hall to be accessible to all, that means that when a citizen calls to register a complaint, they get an actual person to respond to them in real time. That means that if a citizen raises an issue that I may or may not agree with, they will be heard. The concerns of our citizens are what should matter to city hall. As a supporter for the term limits charter I and those from all political spectrums were excited, but there is still work to be done to protect what the citizens voted for. That is why as your next mayor I will work to ensure term limits stay and uphold past, present and future votes.
4. Taxes (Part I) – please respond by April 4, 2019
Currently, Arlington has 1/4-cent of sales tax that could be used, but is not used. What, if anything, do you see yourself approving to place in front of the voters, for uses for the 1/4-cent of sales tax? Why?
Arlington is the largest city in the U.S. without public transportation, larger than St.Louis, New Orleans and Pittsburgh. With my regional transportation system I plan to utilize this 1/4 cent tax to provide something that strengthens the community. When Arlington aims higher we will be a city that is accessible to seniors, workers and all the people of Arlington.
5. Taxes (Part II) – please respond by April 11, 2019
Currently, Arlington is experiencing almost double-digit property tax evaluation increases. What do you feel is the appropriate tax rate that should be levied upon the citizens: 1) a rate a little below the rollback rate, 2) the effective tax rate, 3) the same tax rate (even if above the rollback rate), or 4) something else? Why?
The rate that is below the roll back tax rate. Homeowners need a break from high taxes. We want to lower the property taxes in Arlington, and we can do that by cutting the amount of abatements given to big corporations so that they pay a fair share of taxes that will go to the city. I will also continue to call for an increase in state funding of the public education system so that the weight of the funding doesn't fall to our citizens.
6. Issue – please respond by April 18, 2019
What is the most important issue the city council is facing? Why?
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