2021 San Marcos City Council questionnaire

City Council candidates were given a week by the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce to answer the following questions. Please note that all answers from the candidates are unedited by the Chamber and posted as they were submitted by the candidate.

1. Please describe any qualifications and past job experience that has prepared you to serve effectively as a Councilmember of San Marcos?
2. What do you believe are the two most pressing concerns currently affecting business in San Marcos and what will you do to correct/overcome them?
3. Do you perceive there to be a gap between the city and our business community?  If so, how do you suggest the city bridge the gap and enhance cooperation between citizens, businesses, and city government?
4. What can the City do to encourage existing business growth and new business attraction?
5. Do you feel the relationship between the City and the University is strong?  If not, what do you suggest should be done to correct this deficiency?
6. What improvements do you believe are needed for adequate transportation infrastructure in San Marcos?
7. As a Councilmember you will be responsible for approving the annual budget, please describe your approach to the budget process and list one thing you would change from the FY 2021 approved budget.
8. Do you think the City property tax rate is too high, about right, too low? Please explain what you would do differently.
9. A major issue facing San Marcos is housing availability, in particular, the lack of affordable housing for our community workforce.  What are your thoughts on this issue? Include actions you would support.
10. With the rising crime rate in San Marcos, what would you do as a councilmember to better support SMPD?
11. Are you  strong enough to resist when special interest groups and supporters aggressively try to alter your opinion on an issue? 
12. Council has been riddled with decorum problems, including snide remarks and very unprofessional behavior in meetings.  Would you be willing to sponsor a requirement that all members must be held to a high standard, to be defined, at all meetings they attend in an official capacity?
13. Will you support requiring ALL council members to meet at City Hall for council meetings, creating a more open and personal dialogue with the citizens of San Marcos?
14. What is your understanding about the Greater San Marcos Partnership?  How would you propose strengthening the relationship between the City and GSMP?
15. Why do you think San Marcos struggles to keep a City Manager?  What qualities will you be looking for in our next City Manager?  What resources would you enlist in the search for our new City Manager?
16. Please use this opportunity to provide any additional information you would like members of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce to know.
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