Jacob Franklin, Candidate for District 1

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1. Protection of Taxpayers' Dollars – please respond by February 29, 2024

How much of a priority should be placed on protecting taxpayers' dollars? If we are granting dollars for “economic development” should the company be vetted? Should an “economic development” grant require an actual application? Why or why not?

Efficient usage of the taxpayers’ dollars is extremely important and a top priority. Companies should certainly be vetted before being granted funding. An application makes sense in order to formalize and standardize the process, as well as increase transparency.

 

2. Density – please respond by March 7, 2024

a. How do you feel about changing commercially zoned properties to multi-family zoned properties? Why?

b. What if the area already contains many, many apartments such as southeast Arlington in the Hwy 360 corridor?

c. How do you feel about RMU (Regional Mixed Use) zoning and its potential 100 units/acre? Why?

a. I believe this could be useful in areas with high commercial zoning density. A proper mixture of business and family zoning is a key part of efficient city planning.

b. There’s no need for this in areas that already have a high density of apartments.

c. Regional Mixed Use zoning is exactly what this city needs to promote efficient densities of residential and commercial properties.

 

3. Citizen Participation – please respond by March 14, 2024

In 2023 the city council voted to require preregistration and reduce speaking time for citizen participation (at the end of the meeting). Do you agree with this move? Is two minutes enough time to describe a situation and make desired comments/solutions/etc.?

I think it makes sense to require preregistration, but I don’t think 2 minutes is enough time for citizens to get their message across. I would like to see the time limit increased.

 

4. Corporate Welfare – please respond by March 21, 2024

The City Council has given away millions of dollars and/or potential revenues to companies to encourage development. At what point has there been enough “encouragement” and when should the taxpayers-- and lowering tax rates-- become a higher priority than development? Why?

I believe that subsidizing economic development should be deprioritized once there are enough jobs and wages to meet the general needs of the population. Once we’ve reached that point, further subsidies would only serve to siphon off wealth from our taxpayers.

 

5. Communications – please respond by March 28, 2024

If you receive an e-mail from a constituent on an Arlington issue and the constituent logically laid out and well documented the issue, will you respond to the constituent? Why or why not? What actions will you take?

I would take every effort to provide a satisfactory response to any inquiries from Arlington residents. Everyone deserves to be able to communicate with and question their elected officials. I would make every effort to address the issue and provide a solution.

 

6. Issues – please respond by April 4, 2024

Other than public safety what is the most important issue the city council is currently facing? Why? What are your suggestions for addressing this issue?

Arlington is the highest population city with zero public transportaion. I want to recitfy this as soon as possible and ensure our entire public transit infrastructure is improved as much as is reasonable.