Kenai City Council: McIntosh: Vote for change that matters

  • By Bob McIntosh
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:31am
  • Opinion

There are two Kenai City council seats up for election. Two of the three running for these seats are incumbents. Voters need a choice. I am running to give voters that choice. A vote for Bob McIntosh is a vote for not just change, but change that matters.

Tim Navarre needs to be replaced. He has served two terms. If you want term limits, electing Bob McIntosh is a good start. I assure you I will not serve more than two terms. Term limits should be put on ballot for voters to have the final say. A vote for Bob McIntosh is a vote to do exactly that.

Tim Navarre has not listened to the citizens during his six years on the council. He supported rezoning along the Spur Highway. The voters rejected this. He worked to pass the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, that the voters eventually rejected. And speaking of Comp plans, he worked to pass the 2016 Comprehensive Plan which is just a warmed over version of the plan voters rejected. He has worked repeatedly to develop Lawton Acres even though the neighborhood has fought against this since the 80s. The voters of Kenai has at least twice voted against development or rezoning of this property, and he still does not listen. I would have, and as a citizen did, oppose going against the expressed wishes of the citizens. A vote for Bob McIntosh is a vote for someone who has and will listen to citizens.

Not only the council, but also the Planning and Zoning Commission has a problem listening to citizens. This has contributed to the above issues as well the opening of the Marijuana cultivating and retail operation in Thompson Park, at the expressed opposition by many in the neighborhood. The members of all city commissions are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the council. There has been attempts to change this by councilors in the past. Tim Navarre has consistently blocked these attempts. A vote for Bob McIntosh is a vote to open up the commissions to a broader base of citizens.

I have been for the last two and a half years trying to get the council to be more open and more accountable to the citizens. Mr. Navarre has block these efforts every time. A vote for Bob McIntosh is a vote for a more open, accountable, and responsive city government.

We need someone who will bring new ideas to the council, and work to get’er done. Tim Navarre has shown he is unwilling and/or unable to do this. I have shown that I can and will get’er done.

As for financial changes, I would have tax and spending caps. Also whenever the council wants to change the tax or spending cap, it will have to be approved by the voters. All new taxes and increase in tax rates will go to the voters. This will make the council accountable to the taxpayers, Tim Navarre has shown his resistance to this. Those that are going to pay for the increases should have a say.

Vote Bob McIntosh for Kenai City Council – for change that matters.

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