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Freda Powell

Freda Powell

Running for: Amarillo City Council Place 2

How she voted in the November 2016 city bond election: Yes to all seven propositions

What are your major campaign points and how do you plan to make them happen?

First and foremost is just going to be listen to our taxpayers coming in and then kind of see what the current council is currently working on. I do want to focus on public safety. I want to focus on our streets, our infrastructure. I want to be able to see what we're doing to maintain and update our infrastructure and transparent government and open government. Those are kind of my first priorities, and then respect for everyone. So my first goal is to be a good listener.

Do you think the city should continue to issue bonds to fund future projects, or just use money allocated in the annual budget?

I believe that we need to find the cash flow within the budget. But also our biggest funding of course comes from sales tax and I think that most of our citizens here in Amarillo don't realize that a lot of our taxes come from the tourism. We have Interstate 40 which is a great corridor for us to be able to increase our tax base so we want to try to make sure that our city looks good. We want to clean up our city. We want to attract other people to come to our city so they will spend their hard earned money with us. And when they do that, that's going to increase our sales tax base so that we would be able to fund more projects in the future. So I would rather first look to the cash flow that we have and then also look for other avenues because I don't want to put the burden on our taxpayers. I own a home in Amarillo and I pay property taxes as well, so I don't want those taxes to increase either. 

Do you think the city should have a role in economic development, or should that task fall solely on the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation?

I would like to see us work together and be a partner with the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation and that way we can assist and kind of work hand in hand. Because basically what we want to continue to do is bring in quality businesses and I know that the city council can help play a big part in that. And we want to bring in quality jobs. That's going to help to increase our sales tax here. It's going to bring people in from other areas to come into our town. So that's going to help boost our economy as well as provide jobs for citizens here. We want to clean up our city. We 

What letter grade would you give to the current city council and why?

I would rather focus on us working together, trying to move our city forward and focus on the projects that need to be done. First of all as a taxpayer maybe I am the supervisor for the city council, but every day would have to be a different grade. Because every day is a different day and there are different topics and different subjects so if I had to give them a grade right now, I just wouldn't. I want to be the person that's going to get in there and work with the city council and continue to work with the current city council. 

What do you think you would bring to the city council that's not there right now?

I just want to bring more of an open government to the city council right now because I want our taxpayers to know that they can certainly get involved, they certainly have a voice. They can participate and offer up solutions to some of the projects that we have going on. But I just want them to know their voice will be heard and they will be respected when they're coming before the city council, that's the main thing that I want them to know. I believe that as a city council, whether it's the current city council or the new city council that's going to be coming in, we can't do that by ourselves. We come up with these solutions for different issues that may arise, we need input from our citizens. A lot of time our citizens have the best input. But by the same token, we have to do our homework as well and we have to do our research before we come to those meetings or before we vote on the items that are on the agenda.

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