President Ronald Reagan once quipped, “Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.” Unfortunately, that’s the government’s attitude toward taxing hardworking families far too often.

I firmly believe that government plays an important role in our lives and provides a critical safety net for those in need. I also believe it’s our elected representatives’ duty to scrutinize every budget proposal to ensure cost-effective delivery of services are made with available resources.

Government has a duty to the people to use available resources responsibility. Regularly improving services and cutting waste by thorough reassessments is essential. As a member of the City Council, I will expect and demand smarter – and just plain responsible – budgeting strategies to ensure your hard-earned taxpayer dollars do not go to waste.

My record of service on the Lakewood City Council proves my dedication to smarter budgeting and not increasing unnecessary taxes. I gained invaluable experience serving the people of Lakewood following the 2008 economic downturn. I’m proud of our hard-fought efforts to overcome a difficult financial situation through conservative budgeting. I worked with my fellow city council members to ensure we benefitted from the expertise of a highly competent City Manager capable of navigating challenging financial waters.

I also worked to adopt sound financial policies centered on transparent and conservative financial policies and budgeting. The results speak for themselves. Lakewood is financially secure, maintains solid reserves, and benefits from an improved bond rating (with very low debt) – all essential to attracting more jobs and infrastructure investments.

Today, communities across Pierce County face difficult challenges as a result of COVID-19. Small businesses we love are closing and people are losing their jobs. Our community needs someone who won’t raise unnecessary taxes on them when they’re already struggling to make ends meet.

Lakewood needs leadership that understand responsible budgeting. I will continue to be that leader for Lakewood.