VinZant says $1 million doesn’t go far in today’s market

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2005

Residence: 280 Sunrise Court, Soldotna

Mail address: P.O. Box 4523, Soldotna, AK 99669

Contacts: 262-3736

Age: 73

Years in the borough: 24

Family: Wife, Violet

Occupation: Sales

Education: General education, Kenai Peninsula College

Previous elected office: N/A

Organizations: Soldotna Elks, Alaska State Defense Force

1. Do you support Proposition 4 and 5? Why?

Proposition 4: No. In today’s market, $1 million is not very much and the mayor and assembly members are working hard to keep spending down. Beside, special election for fund issue, cost more than could be saved.

Proposition 5: No. The borough voters voted yes in past election. A small group would like us to believe that they speak for all voters.

2. Do you support Propositions 1, 2 and 3? Why?

Proposition 1: Yes. We the people elected assembly members and their job is finding ways to support the borough services. If visitors cannot afford a tax of 4 percent after spending thousands to get here, there is a problem.

Proposition 2: Yes. I measure loss in human life against wait and see. All the inner cities have protection of life and property.

Proposition 3: Yes, to both questions. I would support the building of a bridge because of the social life and safety of the residents there. Also, it opens up new areas, single resident homes and help with the tax structure of the borough.

3. Should the borough consider assuming new or expanding existing powers? Why?

It is necessary as the borough is growing and law enforcement and fire departments in the larger communities cannot keep up with ever changing situations in the world. Just look at what is happening in the Gulf Coast today. Reference Hurricane Katrina. Being prepared to protect lives and property is necessary.

4. What actions would you recommend if faced with declining borough revenues, increased expenses and a fund balance that is near its recommended lower limit?

Cut expenses. But I am an optimist and feel we can work wonders if called to do so.

5. What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I feel I am the best choice because I will not spend vast sums of money buying votes with signs and advertising. Call this being thrifty as I watch my spending. And, if elected, I will watch your borough dollars too.

6. Describe the Kenai Peninsula Borough as you would like to see it 25 years from now. If elected mayor, what will you do to make that vision a reality?

I would like to see the borough in 25 years the most outstanding community in the world where everyone would like to live. Safe play areas for our children by protecting the environment, rivers and lakes, building community parks for all.

The people can make reality of ideas, but only if the leaders that look for new ideas follow through. One man cannot build a mountain. It takes a whole community.



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