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Wellington City Council forum: Lannon Taylor

first_img2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Taylor: Having been appointed to the city council upon the departure of former councilman John Holmes, I feel there are issues that have not been completed, issues that still need to be addressed and a desire to assist when possible with the issues facing the city of Wellington.3. Losing businesses is an ongoing concern to the community of Wellington. What do you as a city council member believe you can do to stop the exodus and enhance business growth?Taylor: Continue to reach out to other businesses across the nation and invite them to look at Wellington as a possible point of relocation.Also to continue to work with local retailer’s to asses what problems are facing the local businesses and what we as a city council can do to assist local businesses. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Lannon Taylor is a Wellington City Council incumbent running for one of six “at large” positions on the newly restructured board.Registered voters within the Wellington city limits can vote in this race which will have 15 candidates on the ballot. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The second three will receive two-year terms.Voters can vote for up to six candidates. They can vote for one candidate, two candidates, three, four, five or six – but nothing more.The city/school election will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Taylor.1. Tell us about yourself.Taylor: I served in the United State Marine Corp from 1972-1976. I was also on the Wichita Police Department from 1977-1978, Kansas Highway Patrol from 1979-2004 before retiring. I then worked on the Kansas Turnpike Authority from 2005 -present.My educations includes graduating from Wichita SouthEast High School, getting a B.S. Administration of Justice degree from W.S.U. I also had post graduate work at W.S.U.I’ve been a Wellington resident from 1993 until present. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Do you favor other alternative water sourcing, or do you believe we should remain status quo on our water resources? Also, will you ever be in favor of water rationing?Taylor: I am not currently in favor of alternative water sourcing. Yes I am in favor of water rationing and always in favor of water conservation.6. The total assessed valuation in Wellington went down in 2012, but may remain constant or improve with the inclusion of Wal-Mart on the tax roll in 2013. However, this may not be the case in the next four years. If Wellington has a lower assessed value as the previous year, how would you as a council member respond to the lack of tax revenue for the municipality?Taylor: We would need to access the city’s current revenue status and make or implement the cuts necessary to carry the city through until tax revenues return to an acceptable level.7. Many believe Wellington has trouble promoting itself to outsiders. Do you believe as a tax entity, the city should initiate various promotional programs and if so what would you think they should be?Taylor: I do believe the city should provide monies and promote Wellington promotional programs. As mentioned previously, the city is reaching out to other large corporations throughout the U.S. and sending promotional packets to these companies. Myself and other current council members have been involved in this offering.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Taylor: I do believe in tax incentives to attract private businesses. I personally believe that we should offer whatever abatements and incentives needed to attract medium to large businesses as I feel in the long term their input into the community will far out weigh the initial cost of bringing them to Wellington.9. The Wellington utility rates continue to be a concern to many citizens, especially the fuel adjustment rates. Do you believe they are reasonable and in line with other communities? Should the city make a change in the way it handles utilities? Taylor: The current utility rates are in line with most Kansas city’s of similar size as Wellington. Wellington is higher that some, lower than others i.e.  Winfield utility rate is higher than Wellingtons. I do not feel that the current rate is unreasonable and I do not feel that changes need to be made at this time. Although, it probably can be anticipated that rates will necessarily go up at some point in the future as it seems every commodity is increasing in cost.  The city council will make every effort to keep rates as reasonable as possible.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Taylor:  Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years, continued loss of citizens, jobs, local businesses, and economic base.  The difficult question before the council and the citizens of Wellington is how do we make the city attractive to outsiders and bring them and their economy to the city. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Taylor: I have not totally made a decision on the oil companies and water supply issue. During this time of extreme drought I was and currently lean towards not supplying the oil companies with our water as it is a very precious commodity. However; should the rains come and water return to a normal and plentiful level.It appears the individual oil rigs will use between 1.5-2 million gallons of water per project. This is approximately the amount that Wellington uses per day. If the Oil rigs can use non-treated effluent water the we should sell it to them.last_img

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