TAXES AND eCONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Stop Debt - I will not support added debt to El Paso's budget without a funding source or without voter approval. Our debt currently stands at over $2 Billion and continues to climb.
- Project Budgets - Ensuring projects are completed within budget and on time.
- Tax Relief - For our Disabled and Senior residents, increasing their tax exemption from $40,000 to $50,000.
- Support - Maker space, commercial kitchens while housing a retail and computer science incubator for local entrepreneurs. An incubator could be a publicly-run series of connected starter shops. This would help students and entrepreneurs in our region test out a business in the real world.
- Rejecting TIRZ 12 - Oppose development that District 6 residents would subsidize for 35 years.
- Sustainable Innovation Hubs - Focus on building companies and create incentive programs for local entrepreneurs. We should not chase corporations that offer low wages, and often leave cities as soon as tax abatement's seize.
- Establish Rules - Require corporations who receive tax incentives pay a minimum of $13 an hour and would include paid sick days. I would look to require businesses to have a sustainable energy plan to produce a minimum of 10% of energy through renewable.
- Voter Initiative - Ask voters if they want to end future plans for any new sports facility to be built with city funds. We must end corporate welfare, that burdens our city budget with unsustainable debt while others reap the profits.
- Community Input - Dedicate to hearing from community voices, walking to residents’ homes weekly, sending surveys, and hosting live stream town halls.
- Equality - Fight for equal investment throughout the city, while creating small business incentive funds across all eight districts in the city. Far too long District 6 has been left out of the funding process, while we see the city invest millions for campaign donors.
- Historic Preservation - Initiate historic survey of El Paso to identify areas for investment of heritage tourism.
- Implement Heritage Tourism - Build plans throughout El Paso, while creating incentive programs to restore historic properties.
- Bi-National Downtown - Work with our New Mexican and Mexican neighbors to create a Tri-State and Bi-National heritage, a cultural plan that includes economic incentives, Art Markets, and Historic tours.
- Protecting Open Space - I will oppose any proposals that will take away natural open space, and fight to protect our mountains.
- ENDA - Develop an implementation plan for Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to protect LGBT employees from wrongful termination based on Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and other discriminatory factors.
- Foreign Trade Zone - Require new businesses applying to Foreign Trade Zone pay a minimum of $13 an hour and guaranteed paid sick days. It is imperative that businesses who enter the FTZ are guaranteeing living wages, while they reap the benefits of paying no taxes or delaying them.
- Paid Sick Days - Develop a plan to implement paid sick day benefits for private employees of large to medium size businesses.
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
- Sustainable Green Infrastructure - In order to reduce the cost associated with storm water, street repair and water pollution.
Green Infrastructure has been implemented in hundreds of cities throughout the world, it has been used in the pursuit of reducing rainwater pollution, flash flooding, use of cement, and other environmentally harmful materials. A study done by American Rivers in 2012 showed that 75% of Green Infrastructure projects were at or below the price of traditional infrastructure. Green Infrastructure beautifies our streets, naturally cleans polluted water, lessens our carbon footprint, and reduces overflow to our wastewater infrastructure.
- Implementing Food Waste Initiative - In an effort to reduce food waste in our landfill, decrease methane pollution, and build a healthier community that provides fresh produce to those in need.
We will research best practices to get businesses involved to donate or offer small incentives to give unsellable produce to local food pantries, and inedible food to local community gardens. The purpose is to increase the number of fresh produce citizens have to consume, reducing landfill space using inedible food for compost, while improving the cost of transporting trash from grocery stores in our city.
- Implementing renewable energy program - In favor to scale down the cost linked to utilities and reduce our carbon footprint on behalf of city government.
We will introduce an innovative renewable energy plan to install renewable energy systems in all city facilities, including solar water heating for public swimming pools, landfill gas to energy conversion, and other cost-saving methods. Our city spends over $14 million on utilities, investing in renewable energy can reduce utility cost while protecting our environment for future generations.