Mayoral candidates on the isues

August 24, 2013 

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CRIME

Joe Allen: Focus on urban cleanup and new jobs to reduce crime

Charlie Bishop: Take a hands-off approach, will instead support Bibb County Sheriff’s Office efforts

David Cousino: Increase law enforcement presence in neighborhood and to right-size number of officers

C. Jack Ellis: Partner with law enforcement on education and recreation

Sam Hart: Give adequate funds for law enforcement and crime prevention

Robert Reichert: Set a three-part approach to reducing crime: prevention, intervention and rehabilitation

20 PERCENT BUDGET REDUCTION

Joe Allen: Cut duplicate jobs and look to retirements and other departures

Charlie Bishop: Come up with five-year financial plan and have a good finance officer in place

David Cousino: Right-size the staff through attrition

C. Jack Ellis: Says the law doesn’t really require a cut if it’s “too painful”

Sam Hart: Hope for retirements and quitting first, then savings through technology;

Robert Reichert: Follow letter/spirit of law, make cuts through attrition, make government more efficient

PROVIDING SERVICES

Joe Allen: Extend same services everywhere, outsourcing when it’s cheaper

Charlie Bishop: Work with elected officials to support their needs and develop five-year plan

David Cousino: Set a competitive bidding process for government contracts

C. Jack Ellis: Extend city services to entire county, but give priority to areas deprived by poverty and racism

Sam Hart: Consider privatizing services, including security and management of some public facilities

Robert Reichert: Do a study during the first year to examine public departments vs. private contracts

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Joe Allen: Give small business incentives, especially downtown

Charlie Bishop: Work with various economic development agencies to attract outside business; support small business owners

David Cousino: Give Ocmulgee land back to an Indian tribe for a casino; create a one-stop shop to open businesses

C. Jack Ellis: Partner with other agencies to attract big employers; give incentives for small business to move into neighborhoods

Sam Hart: Give incentives to big employers but also to talented young locals so they’ll stay here

Robert Reichert: Make Macon a central hub to strong regional development; continue with Second Street project

BLIGHT

Joe Allen: Maybe burn down dilapidated houses again and don’t let potential troublemakers move in

Charlie Bishop: Attract more jobs and more people to redevelop and gentrify neighborhoods

David Cousino: Make government officials more aggressive in condemning blighted properties for city to take over

C. Jack Ellis: Abandon some areas with few residents, moving holdouts to comparable houses elsewhere, and aid poor with home repairs

Sam Hart: Encourage home ownership in troubled areas; designate SPLOST funds to tear down empty houses

Robert Reichert: Continue with 5x5 plan for neighborhoods; work with public-private partnerships for redevelopment

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