The Plan for Moving Tamarac Forward
My focus will be to help propel Tamarac forward, through innovative ideas and an empowering community partnership. Let’s look at the three key areas I will focus on.
- Develop business incentives - Advocate for more business incentives as well as reviewing the city’s Economic Development Plan. It pains me to see lost opportunities when businesses open in Coral Springs or elsewhere. We can make it attractive for them to open here.
Create a robust business / city “handshake” - Focus on a more sensible, business-friendly attitude between the city departments of Building, Planning and Zoning and Code Enforcement and the business community. Leadership and customer service will be an integral part of this effort, as well as a review / reduction of permit fees.
- Fight government waste - Last year, it was reported that Tamarac City Commissioners were planning to take more than 30 trips in 2017 at a cost to taxpayers of approximately $80,000 ( Sun-Sentinel, July 14, 2017). Fighting wasteful spending such as this and bringing financial accountability to City Hall will be a focus. Part of this effort is a call for an independent citizen’s board to review any planned education/training travel expenses.
- Fiscal Responsibility - Support sensible reductions in the tax rate and initiate a review of the city’s property tax structure. If we use our fiscal resources responsibly, all citizens will benefit.
- Responsiveness - As your Commissioner, I understand that I will work for you. Nothing is more frustrating than being unheard or worse yet, ignored. While we may not always agree, I guarantee that I will consider all points of view, all voices, before making any decisions involving our community.
- Crime and Safety - Work with our local Broward Sheriff’s Office command staff to ensure proactive solutions, such as BSO’s Burglary Apprehension Team, are expanded and supported fully. We also need to move further towards community policing. As Commissioner I will encourage and support this model.
- Senior services - Advocate for more funding for senior programs, including transportation and health and fitness programs.
- “Tamarac Talent” - Develop mentorship opportunities for students and all who want to participate in local business and government.
- Diversity forums - Nearly 1/3 of Tamarac’s population is non-white. This number is growing. This is exciting for our city. Encouraging and nurturing a diverse community through diversity forums makes our city more vibrant, interesting, creative - all of which makes us a better and more productive city.