Reserves/contingency funds for parks and roads ‐ During my 2015 run for City Council, one of my primary goals was to allocate Johns Creek's enormous surplus that was over $50 million (best practice for JC would be retaining $12.5 million) to reduce taxes and utilize it for road and park improvements. Due to the political pressure of the citizens becoming more aware of this immense surplus without a plan to use it, the Council and Mayor passed a resolution to provide plans for the unallocated funds to be put towards capital infrastructure and parkland acquisition. I believe my campaign's persistence to have this overtaxation addressed resulted in road improvements and parks in which we already paid for.
Cost‐benefit analyses/fiscal conservatism ‐ In my 2015 campaign, I utilized data, cost‐benefit analyses, and novel best practices which led to substantially less costs than traditional methods, while not affecting the messaging of my campaign. While Johns Creek elected officials commonly spend over $30,000 to get elected, I chose to show how it could be done using only 10% of their spending. With approximately $3,000, I was able to win a stub term against 3 opponents and narrowly lost the full term by 2% after spending only 4% of what my opponent spent! As another example, I lead the rebranding effort for the Johns Creek Community Association and was able to rebrand our logos and media presence for less than $100. Contrast this to the over $80,000 Johns Creek spent to redesign their logo. Efficiency, due diligence, and thinking of the taxpayer should always guide the decision making process and I feel that I've demonstrated that I can do more with much, much less and I plan to do that again with your tax dollars.
The District ‐ A number of City Council candidates, concerned citizens, and political activists helped stop the alarming idea colloquially known as "The District" in 2015. During the campaign, I opined in the Johns Creek Herald that the city should drop the District idea and instead look to focus on purchasing a City Hall, which would ultimately save the citizens almost a million dollars a year. Fast forward to today, and the District is over and the city bought a City Hall to take advantage of the consolidated savings this year so I consider that a campaign success.
Reducing taxes ‐ During my limited time on council during my stub term, I offered a resolution to reform our taxes. It was sound policy, but was voted down 4‐3 to be addressed at a further time. The city is looking into this matter now, but the reality is that reducing tax revenue isn't high priority for any government entity.
Charter reform ‐ Our charter, which establishes the powers of the city and governing authority, needs to be updated to acknowledge when we hold special elections, addressing term limits, and other items that need to be addressed to make our guiding government document more comprehensive.