Here is round two of our questions for candidates in the April 1 municipal elections. Today, we are listing our questions for mayor and city council candidates in Mission. Last week we revealed our questions for Prairie Village council candidates.
This is our first Mission election since we expanded coverage to that city. Our thanks go to readers who sent us suggestions for the questions to ask. Here are the questions:
- In the past few years Mission has undertaken a number of infrastructure and redevelopment projects. Some citizens are concerned about the resulting city debt. How would you assess the level of indebtedness? Please suggest any future action that needs to be taken relative to city finances.
- The East Gateway project has been a multi-year process. Are you concerned about the delays in the start of substantial construction on the project? What is the city’s appropriate role in keeping the development on track?
- Redevelopment and retail projects at both the east and west ends of the city have been a focus in recent years with some city financial support. Now Johnson Drive will be rebuilt. What else can or should the city do to help rejuvenate the Johnson Drive downtown district once the street project is complete?
- Are you comfortable with where the city stands today on its capital improvement needs? What are the primary challenges over the next 20-year cycle and how should they be addressed?
- Besides redevelopment and infrastructure, how can the city improve quality of life for residents, maintain property values and make it an attractive choice for all ages?
- Engaging citizens is a theme that has come up several times in recent months. What should the city do to ensure participation on key decisions and attract more involvement in community and government issues?
- What issues do you believe will have the most effect on your ward in the next four years and how would you address them?
- Do the city’s current mix of revenue sources and the amounts generated from each seem appropriate? What about allocations? What financial steps should be council be exploring moving forward?
Look for the candidates’ responses to be published here starting March 17. Mission candidates also have been invited to a forum at Sylvester Powell Community Center starting at 7 p.m. March 13. It is sponsored by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.