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Wasteful Spending

     When you have a $250 Million Dollar Budget, it can be pretty easy to get carried away at times and you want to try to please everyone but, there are times when you need to show a little restraint. The Commission needs to stop �Over Spending�. It seems that they will always find something unnecessary to spend money on, such as a Pedestrian Bridge or a Round About. I feel we could take a few years off from building any NEW Parks BUT, inhance the ones we already have, that will save us a lot of money and get people visiting them more often. We need to concentrate on Central Sewer Systems, Side Walks and Improved Roads.

Lowering the Crime Rate

     The Crime Rate is on everyone�s mind these days, especially since Tallahassee has had the highest Crime Rate in Florida in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018. It seems that the only time you hear Elected Officials talk about the Crime in Tallahassee is when they are running for Office or if it comes up in the News. Our High Crime Rate did not happen over night, it took YEARS to cultivate to what it is now, YEARS, not Days, Weeks or Months but, YEARS to get this bad so it should known that it will take some time to fix the problems and, with that said, I do have a Plan.

     We have to work on preventing NEW Criminals from forming. By that, we start with 4th Grade thru 10th Grade Students. We add to their Lesson Plan, teaching them about Crime, what the ramifications can be, what the Punishments can be, how to know when a Crime is being committed and what to do about it.

     Teach them to respect Law Enforcement. Teach them about Peer pressure and how to avoid it. As you move up the Grade Line, you get more in depth and more graphic in the Lessons and you even include Movies and have Ex-Cons talk with the Students as well as Law Enforcement Officers, Lawyers, Judges, Prison Guards, etc. You teach them about the Laws, what life is like in Jail, in Prison and what life will be like when they are released from Jail, from Prison.

     While that is going on, you change up the Patrol Shifts, add more Law Enforcement to patrol between the hours of 9:00pm and 5:00am. You add to the time Law Enforcement spends patrolling the Higher Crime areas. You have the Deputies and Officers get out of their Patrol Cars and meet the people in their Patrol Zones, especially in those High Crime areas. We need to take a tougher stance on Crime and Criminals. Harsher Penalties need to be given to Repeat & Violent Offenders. Harsher Penalties need to be given to Criminals who use ANY kind of Weapon.

     The County and City Commissioners have been talking about Diversion for those who are first time offenders. I would be an advocate for that as long as they ARE first time offenders of minor offences BUT, I would like to make a few changes to their plan such as, the Offenders are given bigger Fines AND Community Service. The fines should be $300.00 to $1,000.00 depending on what the offence is and the age of the Offender AND include 100 to 500 Hours of Community Service. They are given a Date that both must be met by and if they fail, they are then arrested and put into the System. If they have time to be out breaking the Law, they have time to perform Community Service. The objective is to give them a Punishment that they will have to actually work at to complete and harsh enough to make them wonder what will happen to them if they break the Law again. Authority needs to be shown. The Community Service could include Mowing Lawns for people who can't, Painting over Graffiti, Washing Government Vehicles, etc. If the Offender cannot afford to pay the Fine, the fine can be paid down by adding Hours to the Community Service Total and for each additional Hour performed, $10.00 will be subtracted from the Fine.

     I would also be an advocate to bring back the Bootcamp but for 14 to 20 Year Old�s. This would be ideal for Second Time Offenders and for those who have done minor Felonies. It operates very similar to a Military Bootcamp. The instructors do not have to lay a hand on any of the Offenders. If the Offenders refuse to obey the rules, they get time added to their sentence. Again, Authority needs to be shown.

    The City and County should Purchase and OWN 5 Electronic Billboards and spread them out evenly around the County & City, placed on heavily traveled Roads in Tallahassee for all to see. The Billboards are to display all the Suspects that have been arrested. A Photo of the Suspect, the Crime Committed and date of the Crime took place and then the Date the Suspect was captured. The reasoning for these Billboards are to show everyone that with the Technology we have today, �They WILL Get Caught� and our Technology is getting better with each passing day. I truly believe that when everyone see�s just how fast these Suspects are being captured, many will have second thoughts about crossing that line. We need to get the local TV Stations involved as well, getting them to do a daily spot on their Local News Show, call it Captured Corner where they spotlight one or two captured Suspects just like the Billboards do. Everyday they show a different Suspect.

Affordable Housing

     For the 2018 election, a major topic has been �Affordable Housing�. When I think �Affordable Housing�, I am thinking Sigle Family Homes for Low Income & Blue Collar Families, between $75,000.00 and $90,000.00. When I listen to the Candidates talk about Affordable Housing, they are talking about the Lower Income and Blue Collar Families BUT, they�re throwing around prices like $150,000.00 to $200,000.00 and complaining about how Developers keep building Neighborhoods with $250,000.00 to $450,000.00 Homes. Low Income Families and MOST Blue Collar Families can not afford a $150,000.00 Home and the reality of it is, we have to face the facts, there is no such thing as Affordable Housing any more when it comes to New Single Family Homes.

     I have done the Math, to build a simple plain jane, basic 3/2 Home using basic materials, nothing high end, not even a Garage or Carport, and I even used very conservative prices, adding it all up, the cost of an 1/8 of an Acre Lot, Site Prep, a Mono Slab Foundation, Framing, Trusses, Sheeting & Roofing, Basic Exterior Siding, Sheet Rock, Basic Vinyl/Carpet Flooring, Basic Windows & Doors & Door Hardware, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC & Ducting, Basic Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinets, Sinks, Tubs & Toilets, Basic Appliances, Basic Fixtures & Lighting, Basic Trim, Painting Inside and Outside, Light Switches and Plug Outlets, a Parking Pad & small Patio, basic Land Scaping plus, I added $5,000.00 for the things I may have missed and I came up with $145,000.00 for just Labor & Materials. That�s with OUT adding in the Profit Margin. You can�t make Contractors build $70,000.00 to $90,000.00 Homes when they cost $145,000.00 and up to build them. What I consider �Affordable Housing� for the Lower Income and Blue Collar Workers is impossible, it can�t be done and, the same can be said for a new 3/2 Town Home.

     So, when it comes to �Affordable Housing�, maybe it is time to think outside the Box. There are a lot of older Homes on the market that need work priced between $25,000.00 to $50,000.00 and spending another $20,000.00 to $40,000.00 rehabbing it gets you into a very nice Home for $45,000.00 to $90,000.00 in less time then it would take to build one from the ground up and cost half as much. There are many Banks that will do creative Mortgages and something like this might fall into a Construction type Mortgage where one part pays for the Property and another part pays for the Rehab and when it is finished the two parts come together into one Mortgage.

Helping Local Economy & Small Businesses

     Too many Businesses fail in the first year, I believe that a new Business will have a better chance to survive if the owners know what it actually takes to start and run a small Business in Leon County. While running for County Commissioner in 2016, I listened to a lot of Candidates talk about our Local Economy and Local Businesses and helping new Businesses. I truly believe that the number one agenda that the County can do to help new and future Small Business owners is to create Workshops for those who wish to start a small local Business, weather it is a Home Based Business, a Retail Business or even a Food Truck Business.

     The Workshops should discuss what Licenses are needed for the types of Businesses, what Forms and Applications are needed and how to fill them out and how to fill out the State Tax Coupons and where to Pay those Taxes. Then you discuss the Rules, Laws and Regulations that are relevant to the different types of Businesses. You can have special Guest Speakers come in and talk, such as, the types of Business Insurance that might be needed, what role the State Fire Marshall, Health Department and the EPA will have in your Business, someone from a Tax Company or the IRS can talk about the Tax Issues and the mistakes that new Businesses sometimes make and a Business Lawyer can discuss the legalities that some Businesses may face. Then you end the Workshop with a Questions & Answers section and I can pretty much guaranty you that there WILL be questions, and a lot of them. I truly believe that these types of Workshops will be of great use to new and future Business owners and will actually be a great refresher course for others. I would even try to get Local Owners of different types of Businesses to come and speak, give advice and answer questions as well. If marketed RIGHT, I truly believe that you would be amazed at how many people would attend one of these Workshops.

Job Skills Training Program

     Not everyone is meant to go to College, it�s sad to say but it�s true and, there is nothing wrong with being a Skilled Laborer. I would like to work it out with Lively Vo-Tec to get them to offer 2 or 3 seats in each of their Programs so we can fill those seats with low income Students and those re-entering society after being released from Prison so they can learn a Trade. Once they learn a Trade, they will then be able to find a Job, earn a Pay Check, Pay Taxes, Provide for their Family and become Productive Citizens. The County will pay for any �Shop Fee�s and Books and when they graduate they will turn the Books in for the next Student. This is an Investment worth putting money into, it�s investing in the future of Leon County.

Community Redevelopment Agency

     Every three or four months, the CRA Board could assemble and local small business owners in need of financial help can stand before the them and pitch their proposal, very similar to what you see on the TV Show �Shark Tank�, where questions are asked and hopefully answered. They pitch how the money they are requesting will help them grow and expand so they can hire more employee�s and how many years will be needed to pay it back, 2 to 8 Years (depending on the amount requested). They give the CRA copies of their Financials and a written business plan for the expansion, growth, number of new employee�s that will be hired and how the money will be used. A few CRA members will do an unannounced visit to the business to see if it is a viable venture for the CRA, to see if the business has sustainability and growth potential and report back to the rest of the CRA Board Members. Special rules will be set for all to follow and if all goes well, the CRA could be a viable organization to local small businesses and be mostly self-sustainable since the money will be paid back, with or without interest. After all, the �C� in CRA stands for �COMMUNITY�.

Protecting Our Natural Resources

     Hurricane Hermine has opened up some new insight on what we need to work on to protect our Natural Resources. First and foremost, we need to protect our Drinking Water. 1.6 Million Gallons of sewage was dumped into Lake Munson Basin because the Generator broke down at 3:00am and did not get back on line until 9:00am. There are Hundreds, if not Thousands of Septic Tanks that are failing just in the Woodville area alone, more will soon be added to that list and they are effecting our Aquifer which is also connected to Wakulla Springs. We need to work on a Central Sewer System, starting on the South Side, especially in the Woodville area. While that is being taken care of, we need to run Sewer Lines in areas where we know for sure that future Housing Projects will be built, that way they will have to tap into the Central Sewer System. In late May of 2018 a Sewage Pump broke down allowing over 177,000 Gallons of RAW Sewage to spill into the Lake Munson Basin. That Lake is becoming the Septic Tank of Tallahassee.

     On September 16th of 2015, A massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant in Mulberry, Florida, has caused about 215 million gallons of radioactive water to drain down into the Floridian Aquifer System. The Floridian Aquifer is an underground system spanning the entire state, and it�s the source of fresh water for millions of people. We take having clean Water for granted and need to be proactive to keep our Water clean and safe. Nitrate runoff from wastewater plants, farms and Septic Tanks also must be addressed. I am against adding ANY Toxins to our Water and we need to work on bringing City and Talquin Sewer Systems to the masses to get rid of the Septic Tanks and we need to make it affordable to switch over. I am also against Fracking.

Improving Health

     The City and County are already doing quit a bit to help low income County Residents but, I think a little more can be done for the whole County. I will fight to bring back regular Mosquito Sprayings like they used to do when I was a kid growing up here so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. I don't like having to spray Insect killing Chemicals directly on my body every time I want to mow my yard, wash my Car or cook a Hotdog on my Grill and even then, I get tore up by all the Mosquito's in the area. I am sure by now, they have better safer Chemicals they can be using.

Mobility Fee's

     The City and County want to charge new Developers a fee for the increased number of Vehicles that will be using the roads, for example, a new Apartment Complex is built, increasing the number of Vehicles that will now be using the roads around that Complex, they charge the Developer a Fee to compensate for the extra wear and tear on those Roads as well as for any Turn Lanes and Traffic Lights that may be needed. I can understand a Fee for the Turn Lanes and Traffic Lights that may be needed but NOT for the extra Vehicles that will be using the roads in that area. The County knows well in advance what Properties are Zoned for and therefore should have planned accordingly. Developers should not be financially punished for something that is inevitable. The property was Zoned for an Apartment Complex with a certain number of Apartments, therefore it is inevitable that a certain number of Vehicles will be moving to that area. If the Zoning needs to be changed so that an Apartment Complex can be built there then, they have two options, either allow the change or don�t allow the change, either way, the developer should not be punished for the extra Vehicles in that area.

Growth Management

     Growth Management is a tuff one. Growth Management is a delicate process, you have to be able to see into the future, to predict how it will impact Leon County 5, 10 and even 20 Years into the future. How will the proposed project impact the County Infrastructure, roads, traffic, pedestrians, other businesses? I am for well planned growth as long as it is not over saturation, for example, they are adding a Publix and a second Hotel at the Gaines Street and Rail Road Avenue area, will that area of Town support another Hotel in 10 or 20 Years? I think that area will see major problems when the new Publix and the new Hotel opens for Business, which is why good planning is so important.

Adding to the FUN Factor in Leon County

     A few of you know me, I ran for County Commissioner in 2016 and I am registered again to run for the same seat in 2020. My Campaign Advisor has told me that I need to do more Public Speaking so I can get better at it SO, here I am. Part of my Campaign THEN is the same as it is NOW, doing something for the people of Leon County to have FUN.

     Since the Land Fill at Apalachee Regional Park has been closed and if I remember correctly it has been said by the Commissioners that there is about 160 Acres that can be used NOW for recreation purposes. There are at least five things, I will call Sub-Parks, that I would like to see constructed out there. <01> a large 2 to 3 Acre Paintball Battle Field. <02> a large BMX Bike Track with Hills, Jumps, Whoop-T-Doo�s, Banked Curves and Boggs. <03> a large Skate Park. <04> a Go Cart Track. And last but not least �����.. <05> a Pistol Range, NOT a Rifle Range, a Pistol Range, where people can Learn and Practice shooting their legally acquired Hand Guns.

     All five of these can be built cheap enough and should be able to use Bed Tax Money as well as CRA Money to build them but, I also believe that a large portion of the money can be raised by Sponsors that would like to have �Naming Rights� of each of the sub-parks. Plus, you can sell Advertising Space on the Fence Enclosures. Special Events can easily be set up thru out the Year at each one that will draw crowds, Paintball Team Battles, BMX Bike Races, Solo Skate Freestyle contests, Go Cart Races and Shooting Contests. There are several close Hotels on the Parkway along with a couple more being built that are ideal for participants from out of town. I think I read some where that Tallahassee is a Vacation destination SO, lets give people more options to have FUN.

Please feel free to Email any questions for me.