Cindi Golden, Candidate for District 4
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?
The term limits have resulted in record numbers of candidates filing for office in Arlington. The citizen vote was 62% in favor of these limits which sent a clear message to the city that term limits were needed. I like that Arlington residents will have more choice in choosing who represents them and makes vital decisions affecting their everyday life.
2. Transportation – please respond by March 21, 2019
Please describe, including price maximums to taxpayers, your thoughts on public transportation.
Expand VIA citywide. Consider options specifically for the downtown area and folks who live there, or any area of great density and need. This could be greater use of autonomous vehicles, easy access to pedestrian walkways and sidewalks, scooters perhaps. Consider business initiatives for companies who actively promote and succeed in ride share and car pooling.
Arlington has been very creative in providing anything except a broad based system for wide scale public transportation. The citizens have voted down this issue three times. Thinking more globally it would be good for everyone if there was a main transport line between Ft.Worth, Dallas, and Arlington. Imagine not having to park at a Cowboys game, or the airport, but be dropped off at your destination!
I believe the 10 biggest businesses should be approached and encouraged to initiate aggressive carpooling among employees. This encompasses over 39,000 people. The company may offer the participants some incentive ie. free coffee, close in parking, recognition in a newsletter. The business could use data analysis to connect folks and give them the opportunity . The city can recognize and promote the business publicly for good citizenship and stewardship of the environment.
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?
Absolutely. Communication is important whether parties agree or not. Respectful listening helps to understand other viewpoints. Whenever someone is interested and takes the time to reach out it should be acknowledged.
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 has 1/4-cent sales tax that could be used, but is not used. What if anything do you see yourself approving to place in front of voters, for uses for the 1/4-cent of sales tax? Why?
If property taxes are capped at 2.5% growth by the state, I would approve use of the 1/4-cent sales tax. The 2.5% cap could result in a budget shortfall resulting in cuts to city services. The sales tax could make up some of the difference. Our basic city services and especially our firefighters, first responders, and police should not suffer budget cuts.
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?
Arlington cannot continue on it's current path of attempting to establish a tax rate that doesn't anger its residents and is not explainable nor justifiable. I personally do not feel the effective tax rate is sustainable. It's great when growth is good, but what happens when growth is stagnant? We must place emphasis on commercial development so the tax burden is not on our residential property owners.
6. Issue – please respond by April 18, 2019
What is the most important issue the city council is facing? Why?
Our city is facing an aging infrastructure and a growing population. This places great demands on city services and budget. The money available for infrastructure must be prioritized to provide citizen safety and address the most pressing issues. Collaborating with the largest businesses in Arlington for city initiatives could help. In my district there are specific issues with flooding that present a problem. The district needs responsiveness and better communication from the council.