Robert Harris, Candidate for District 8
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?
In my opinion it’s a completed issue. I was in favor of term limits, I did hold varying opinions on term durations. The issue is resolved now.
2. Transportation – please respond by March 21, 2019
Please describe, including price maximums to taxpayers, your thoughts on public transportation.
Taxpayer Public Transportation- Standardized public transportation as it has been utilized in the other cities will create temporary economic development, however after the project is completed it results in net negative financials for many cities. Dart is a good example.
It also carries with it serious safety concerns utilizing long walks to bus stations, long wait times in weather inclimant situations.
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?
Communications- clearly Arlington has some communication concerns. It is difficult at best for one person to respond to a city with approx 400,000 people. I have a plan to streamline the communication processes with constituents.
Technology is a wonderful tool.
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?
I do not see myself deviating from my game plan to bring high tech better paying jobs to Arlington. I feel Being pro business is a better solution to bring revenue into our city than increasing sales taxes or mandated property taxes.
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?
I would always discourage mandated property taxes. Many citizens feel today they do not own their property and are only renters.
Arlington makes its revenue off of business sales taxes.
I would promote more entertainment events with existing infrastructure.
Example: The Taylor Swift concert recently was not calculated into the city budget like the cowboys and rangers are. Just the proceeds from that one concert would almost pay for all the fire departments overtime for a year.
We need to expand this concept.
6. Issue – please respond by April 18, 2019
What is the most important issue the city council is facing? Why?
Communications I would say is their most important issue at the moment.
Every solution, every problem stems from this process. We need to become more efficient at communications.