Waterman Village President candidate Christy Andrews submitted this questionnaire, answering the Daily Chronicle's questions in the 2017 Waterman Village President race.
Name: Christy Andrews
Office sought: Waterman Village President
1) Why are you the best candidate?
I care very much about the future of my town and the citizens who live here. I believe it is vital to cooperate with all aspects of the Village in order for our town to realize the potential that exists. I want nothing more than to see the Village of Waterman flourish.
2) What are the biggest issues facing the village?
The biggest issue at hand is balancing the budget. The Village Board reluctantly passed a budget last year with a deficit. The entire Board would like to present a balanced budget every year.
3) How would you address those issues as village president?
I would like to investigate other sources of revenue and ways to reduce expenditures in order to present a balanced budget for the Village.
4) Voters last year approved a sales tax increase in the village. How should these funds be spent in the future?
The funds gained by passing the sales tax increase by 1% last year need to be allocated to balance the budget in order for the Village to be able to pay expenses.
5) What can the village government do to attract more new businesses?
The revitalization of downtown Waterman is a big deal to me. The Waterman Enhancement Group, a 501c3 organization formed to enhance the Village of Waterman for it's residents, has already completed projects and has more in the works. Collaborating with the WEG might be the way to go to give downtown a face lift and attract new businesses.
6) What can be done to reduce or limit the property tax burden on residents?
I am sensitive to the financial needs of the residents which is why I voted to raise the sales tax in lieu of the property tax. Instead of putting the financial burden on the residents it seems to be the lesser of the two evils. Nobody wants to see taxes raised, but in reality municipalities have increasing expenses in the same respect that individual households do.