Roxanne Thalman, District 3
1. Public Transportation - please respond by 03/16/2017
Please describe, including price maximums, your thoughts on public transportation.
I am looking forward to hearing the recommendations of the committee formed to study and evaluate transportation options; however, I would be extremely hesitant to increase the tax burden of Arlington residents in general.
2. Communications (Part I) - please respond by 03/23/2017
If a constituent e-mails you a question or comment, asking for a response, on an issue where you disagree, will you respond to the constituent?
Yes, I would respond to constituents on any issues, regardless of position. Although we may not always agree, my commitment is that I will always be open about my positions.
3. Communications (Part II) - please respond by 03/30/2017
a) Based on open records request W035834-030817 there were no formal town hall meetings by the council members on the $500,000,000 Rangers bond issue voted upon last November. Should council members hold town hall meetings to inform the residents of the facts of a $500 million issue? why or why not?
b) On the ballot this May is also a $45 million bond issue (less than 10% of the Rangers issue) for a $38 million active senior center and a civil service issue for the fire department. Should council members hold town hall meetings to inform the residents of the facts on these issues? why or why not?
If I was on the council last year, I would have held town hall meetings regarding the new stadium. Whether to discuss upcoming propositions or just to communicate with residents, town hall meetings are one of the most basic forms of transparency and accountability, and should be held regularly. While ultimately it is the voters' responsibility to be educated on issues before voting, council members are leaders in their districts and have a responsibility not only to share information but also to listen to their constituents.
4. Speed vs. Accurate - please respond by 04/06/2017
Last fall during the Rangers' bond issue, I had several season ticket holders (four) tell me the current ballpark has plumbing issues, hinting that inspections were not done correctly.
Should the inspections at the new $900 million ballpark be done by city inspectors told to make sure of the accuracy, or by a 3rd party hired by the Rangers to promote speed, or something else? why?
Did not respond.
5. Taxes (Part I) - please respond by 04/13/2017
Currently, Arlington has 1/4-cent of sales tax that could be, but is not used.
What, if anything, do you see yourself approving, using that portion of the sales tax? why?
Working to keep our taxes low is a main pillar of my campaign and will continue when elected. There is nothing before the council now, or coming up in the near future, that I would approve a sales tax increase for. Further, I will be hesitant to approve an increase for any future issues.
6. Taxes (Part II) - please respond by 04/20/2017
Did not respond.