The "4" in my email and my website wasn't just a fun way to represent the word "for". I am running to be one of your next Bowling Green City Commissioners and if elected, my governing would stem from these "4" core values.
Bowling Green is one of the most diverse cities of our size, and there is a reason so many are choosing to make their home here: we are a full-sized city with a community heart. I believe the majority of our citizens share the same values: strong families, safe neighborhoods, great schools, and hopeful futures. Those values are under constant intimidation from Hollywood, Washington D.C., and Louisville outsiders. It's time to take the bullhorn away from those groups and focus on what we value.
Government can be as intrusive or as uninvolved as its citizens allow. The question is what measure is best? What makes the most sense? I support a limited role of government for two key reasons: government is usually not the expert on life's solutions and typically lacks the infrastructure (staff and resources) to implement solutions efficiently. The good intentions are there and the needs are real, but I don't think government intervention is always the answer. The role I do see government playing well is the ability to pull together private and non-profit entities and concerned citizens to create and implement solutions that work.
As excited as we are that more and more industries are selecting Bowling Green for their growth, we don't want to explode beyond our ability to maintain those elements that make our city feel like home. Managing that growth will be key to making sure all of our people have security, modern utilities, equitable school resources, appealing parks/recreation, manageable traffic, and a supportive small-business climate. Industry will draw people to our city, but those factors are what will keep people here.
For 2023, the City of Bowling Green has approved a $57,393,265 budget that is transparently available on the City's website here. However, I doubt you've had the chance to critically read it. I have. My opinion? It's well thought out and presented with helpful explanations, department summaries, and justifications for increase/decrease within departments. Additionally, the City is faithful to seek out state and federal grants to supplement projects and expenditures. Even so, that grant money originates with us, the tax payers, so I'm eager to wisely steward what we have worked hard to earn. As Commissioner, I will continue to advocate for budget transparency, conservative spending, recruitment and retention of qualified personnel, and protection of reserves for the future--with the least burden on taxpayers.