Shawnee City Council 3 rd Ward candidates deal with city issues ahead of general election | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV


SHAWNEE, Kan. – With the general election less than a month away, FOX4 is working to help voters get a better idea of ​​where candidates stand on issues that will affect residents of the subway.

FOX4 sent out a questionnaire to candidates in more than 50 races in Johnson County.

In Shawnee, Angela Stiens is a demanding incumbent Lisa Larson-Bunnell to represent the 3rd congregation in Shawnee City Council.

Here’s a look at what Larson-Bunnell and Stiens had to say:

Q: What is your top Shawnee City political issue?

Larson-Bunnell: Diversify our sources of income. Too much of our annual income comes from home ownership tax. We need to diversify our income to protect our budget from the effects of a future housing crisis or recession. In the long run, this will give us the opportunity to lower property taxes for individual homeowners.

Stiens: I have 3; Preserve our neighborhoods, stand with the residents, not the developers, this was a very important issue in Ward # 3. Respect for the taxpayer.

Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge for the city over the next 10 years and how should it be addressed?

Angela Stiens, candidate for Shawnee City Council, District 3

Larson-Bunnell: We are nearing the end of developing our first comprehensive plan in nearly 30 years. This is a very important process for the future of our city. For the next 10 years it will be important for us to continue to focus on achieving the goals of the plan. [One] Our biggest step over the next 10 years will be engaging the community, council members, and staff to take meaningful action in support of the plan.

Stiens: First and foremost, we need to make sure we continue to invest in repairing aging infrastructure and making sure our neighborhoods stay strong and safe. Ultimately, we need to make sure Shawnee remains an affordable place to live and where small businesses want to grow.

Q: What changes, if any, would you like to see in the city budget?

Lisa Larson-Bunnell, Shawnee City Council nominee, District 3

Larson-Bunnell: I am very happy with the approved budget. The budgeting process was lengthy and involved many ideas and compromises from all council members. Ultimately, we succeeded in drawing up a budget that enabled us to expand key municipal services and, for the first time in over twenty years, to approve a reduction in milling fees. Budget highlights include:

-Additional 6 police officers and an additional co-responder for mental illness.

-Means for the improvement of the facilities of fire stations 71 and 73.

-Implementation of a property tax reduction program for low-income and elderly homeowners.

-A part-time programmer for special populations in the Parks and Recreation Department.

Stiens: I[n] General, [my] The government’s view at every level is that it should focus on and focus on core services such as public safety, roads, parks and the lake. It’s taxpayers’ money, not city government money. A thorough budget review with this mindset would likely reveal ideas for change. Certainly the Shawnee [City] The council’s vote to give the city manager a 25% raise during COVID, when many Shawnee residents faced unemployment, was hugely problematic, which is an example of a bad decision the city has made in recent years. I would also like to see more transparency in our budget.

Q: Would you support the city issuing a mask mandate or other health ordinances that go beyond the recommendations of the county health department? Please explain why or why not.

Larson-Bunnell: Not at the moment. Our county, managed by its health department, is better equipped and has the know-how to decide whether such a step should be taken. Our city workers have done a fantastic job helping the city weather the public health and financial impact of COVID. We have followed science and public health guidelines as closely as possible, and I trust our staff will continue to do so. Of course, should circumstances change, I would consider taking appropriate steps to protect both city workers and our residents.

Stiens: No, I would not support a mask mandate that goes beyond what was recommended by the district health department. I don’t think the city council should put restrictions on businesses. The city needs to listen to companies and people again. The county’s decision to close or restrict stores had a devastating impact on a number of local businesses and our city guides were silent during the process. We must stand by our local businesses and stand up for the right of individuals to make their own health choices.


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