Budget Responsibility needs to be reapplied in Branson City Government. In recent history whenever a new city tax is approved it is done so upon a robust set of promises from legislators pushing the approval, that the citizen’s money will be handled in a fiscally conservative manner. Local businesses having economic freedom will be the engine of the economy and not overzealous government spending. Now there are appropriate areas where our city can come together as a collective and work to boost our economic trajectory, but these need to be done with a coherent plan to avoid some of the mistakes of the past administrations. And furthermore, any spending initiatives need to be carefully considered upon the realities of the debt that the city carries. The taxation base must grow organically through the natural expansion of the economy. Periodically increasing the overall percentage of the city’s tax rates is an artificial way to prop up a city, which can only last for so long. As Mayor, I will always vote within a vision of fiscal responsibility.
Economic Growth in Tourism is paramount for Branson’s future. The tremendous growth over the past 3 decades has come with a kind of duty to maintain our infrastructure. The countless hotel rooms and theatres are assets for the city, but it remains a risk that one day those properties could become a burden of blight. In my municipal campaigns I have completed many hours of research on the proper vision of Branson’s future in tourism but the overall theme is growth. And yet, as I’ve said in the past, we must emphasize certain aspects of the tourist industry that fit the mold of who we are. As Mayor, I will apply a fully objective standard to the entities I vote to contract the city funds with. This will not be based necessarily on the entities that have controlled the marketing in the past but only on an assurance of confidence in the vision moving forward.
Prioritizing Public Safety is the final pillar of our campaign. Our community is built upon the foundations of faith and citizenship and therefore it is truly unfortunate to see surges of crime in our area. This affects us in two major ways; primarily our personal safety and our town's public image. Just the same as our desire to have Highway 76 be aesthetically pleasing, it is equally as important to present the best version of ourselves in the people our guests see. Panhandling and criminal activity in our local hotels are two detriments to this town that I will focus on when elected. I intend to create a Mayor's task force to fight these issues head on and make sure lawlessness never defines who we are.
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