Life of Jason before Primary 2009
the most conservative, pro-life, limited government views of anyone
running for this office. A majority of Springfield citizens share my
beliefs on limited government. I also have a Bachelorís Degree in
Finance and 10 years of business experience in the areas of education,
mortgages, and car financing. Finally, if elected Mayor, I will lead
our new, more conservative council to make the needed changes to keep
Springfield a low tax, family friendly community.
attended one council meeting in 2008. I attended two Council Luncheons
in 2008. I have watched parts of different council meetings on Mediacom
Channel 23. I checked out a taping of the Planning and Zoning
Commission from The Library Center in August 2008. I looked into
serving on a board for the City of Springfield in 2007, but chose to run
for Mayor instead in February 2008.
I do support
any sales tax initiative to fund the Pension system. I do not support a
1cent sales tax increase in February. My solution is to allow the new
City Council some time to find cuts in other areas, and possibly repeal
other city taxes before asking the citizens again for a sales tax
increase to fund the Pension system.
No. I do
not want more taxes. That is why I am not supporting the 1 cent sales
tax initiative in February. I do feel like agreeing to the resolution
ties the councilís hands behind their backs if something worthwhile were
to be proposed by the citizens to promote jobs, or to improve
needs to eliminate a few upper management positions, including the
Assistant City Manager position. The city also needs to decrease its
expenses in the area of Refuse Disposal. I would propose a budget that
lowers the percentage of departments/total expenses for the Parks
Department and the Planning and Development Department.
Quality Employment, Future Taxes Ė Police will become the top priority
again when I become Mayor. I will fight to keep the neighborhood police
officers in the neighborhoods, and request the hiring freeze be lifted
on the Police Department. The city needs to get out of the way and let
the private sector grow on its own. The city could help by creating a
Technology Park. To keep things the way they are, we may need to raise
the tax burden of the citizens of Springfield. I would like to keep the
total sales tax rate for Springfield residents below 7.00%.
of Springfield could start a reserve program, like the one Greene County
has, to increase manpower and cut down on overtime. We also need to
encourage residents to take action themselves to stop criminal
activity. Examples include new fencing, better locks on storage areas,
and more citizens who choose to conceal and carry.
payday loan legislation were to pass capping rates at 36%, residents
would not be able to obtain funds for emergency needs. This legislation
would cause increased crime.
After the Pension Fund became such an issue late last year, the City Council still voted Tom Finnie in as a member of the Public Utility Board. This same council also paid Mr. Finnie almost 70K dollars to stay on as a consultant after he retired as City Manager. They even gave him an Administrative Assistant for a short, so I have heard.
I would not have appointed Mr. Finnie to the Public Utility Board for a
second term, or would have hired him as a consultant.
In 2009, Green is in. Everyone wants to save the Earth from pollution, CO2, and global warming. I donít believe the Earth is warming because of anything the Citizens of Springfield, MO are doing on a daily basis, including driving their six miles to the gallon full-sized Suburban. I support building and renovations that are the highest quality at the lowest possible cost, regardless of whether they meet the LEED certification requirements. I would support less regulation in this area.
Paid for by Donegan for Council - Christopher Donegan, Treasurer