Safety & Community We moved to Prairie Village for its charm and small, locally-owned centers of activity. Our Shops have lost long-time business owners recently, and I want to do what we can as a Council to stem that loss and encourage more new entrepreneurs to open their doors in our community. It’s also important that we ensure Prairie Village remains an environment where our teenagers that crave and deserve the freedom to explore their neighborhoods can feel comfortable and safe walking to and from our parks, school and Village Shops.
Updated Streetscapes Walking the streets and sidewalks of Prairie Village with our dogs over these last 10 years, we’ve seen a lot of age and deterioration. I want to advocate, and find a way to fund, the rebuilding of many entire blocks of our curbs and existing sidewalks to make them safer and more inviting to strollers, tricycles, runners, seniors, and more. Creating more desirable walking areas encourages walking to improve personal health, reduces our environmental footprint, and leads to a more socially active community… all desired outcomes of the PV Bike-Ped Plan which I look forward to helping shape and seeing through to completion.
Responsible & Forward-Thinking Budget Management Property values have risen sharply the last few years, and I want to learn more from our City staff about our options for our property tax rates and how, moving forward, we can be the best stewards to our citizens and our city properties whether that’s lowering the current tax rate, investing the additional revenue in city projects, or a combination of both. What will bring us the most return on investment down the line.
Proactive Two-Way Communication I believe that elected representatives should be punctual to all meetings and actively engaged in conversations on all issues brought before Council. I also believe proactive communication to the citizens he or she represents is crucial because it not only keeps citizens aware of what’s happening in the city, but it also keeps the door open for two-way communication and feedback from our citizens. I know I can be that representative for the citizens of Ward 3!