1. What are your qualifications for this office? (75 words or fewer)

1. What are your qualifications for this office? (75 words or fewer)


In addition to more than 30 years experience owning and managing a small business, I served on Sherman’s Planning and Zoning Commission for six years, three years as Chairman. As a small business owner I am familiar with budgets, financial statements, and long range planning. I can lead and build consensus while upholding my conservative principals. I am a University of Texas alumnus and a graduate of the University of Texas Law School.


2. Why are you seeking this office? (75 words or fewer)


I will ensure that low tax policies, a continued commitment to investing in infrastructure, improving our quality of life and proactive job growth continue. The citizens of Sherman deserve a city government that is responsive to the needs of our citizens, reflective of their values and ready for the future. Sherman needs a city council that understands that attracting good jobs for middle class families is a necessity for the success of the community.


3. What are the two most important issues facing the city of Sherman in the coming year? Please explain. (100 words or fewer)


The two most important issues facing the next City Council are building our local economy and preserving our strong family values while Sherman transitions to the future.


Building on the momentum created by recent growth announcements, I will proactively seek small to medium sized business development. These companies pay well, spend money locally, and do not require abatements or incentives to settle here. A growing economy, spurred by low taxes, driven by a free market and a pro-business environment will generate the revenues needed to improve our parks and infrastructure while revitalizing our older areas of town.


4. What is your position on raising property taxes to help fund the city’s Capital Improvement Projects? Please explain. (100 words or fewer)


At this time, property tax increases are counterproductive and unnecessary. Sales tax revenues are increasing. Panda Energy is coming on line next year generating nearly $1 million in annual revenues. Property taxes do not need to be raised. Economic growth, small efficient government, low taxes, no unnecessary regulation and transparency create a thriving community where people want to live. This produces an environment where the private sector can create jobs which in turn funds infrastructure and quality of life initiatives without raising property taxes. Good jobs, not higher property taxes, are the key to Sherman’s growth.


Related


Early voting starts Monday; list of polling places


League of Women Voters election guide


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LWVG — Jim Travis, candidate Sherman City Council, District 3


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