If any of your proposals include raising the budget (adding staff, services, facilities, programs, etc.), where will the revenue come from?
I do not have any current ideas that I foresee requiring additional revenue at this time, except for possibly my ideas for the Junction and subsidizing the use of car-shares and bike-shares, which I sadly do not see that as being likely to happen. That said proper development has the potential to increase the tax base to improve services and alleviate the pressures of tax duplication on residents.
I think the key is making sure the development and redesign is environmentally friendly, visually appealing and inviting, and properly phased back into the residential areas of the city in a way that maintains the suburban character of most of our neighborhoods.
My proposals for addressing climate change should be funded by revenue saved from the adoption of a program-based budget. My other proposals involve re-allocation of existing resources, more focused service delivery, and/or partnerships with community organizations.
I do not anticipate the proposals I am putting forward will increase the city budget. Last year city taxes did not go up. I believe we can strive for the same this year.