[This letter comes from Snoqualmie resident, Mark Hawkins. You can send in letters of support for your candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org]
Thank you for providing this forum for public input. I want to encourage readers to consider voting for Brad Toft for Snoqualmie mayor in the upcoming primary election. The city is in need of a leadership change and Brad’s vision is best suited for leading Snoqualmie over the next four years.
Brad currently is on city council and, through his service and observations, recognizes there are areas to improve the management of Snoqualmie’s government. He recognizes the mayor’s first obligation is to serve the interests of city residents. As developers continue to lobby for building in the city, Brad Toft will work to ensure that future developments will benefit the citizens of the city and not to the exclusive advantage of the builder or other parties.
Brad also recognizes the need to continue to diversify the city’s tax base through economic development such that Snoqualmie is not overly reliant on property taxes to meet its budgetary needs. As residential housing development slows with the completion of Snoqualmie Ridge II, the one-time sales tax revenue associated with the building materials incorporated into housing will go away. As a result, Brad will prioritize sustainable growth that will help avoid tax increases in the future.
Brad will work to ensure transparency in city government. Too often development decisions are made in the city behind closed doors and, once decided on, presented to the citizens as an irreversible outcome. Brad will work to ensure that public input occurs at all stages of the development process, from proposals, to impacts, to being consistent with the city’s master plan, to eventual approval or rejection.
Brad’s vision for Snoqualmie is one that will make the city a desirable community to live and work in for the citizens. He recognizes this is accomplished through a combination of having desirable amenities and services worthy of our community while, at the same time, the peace and tranquility of our area is maintained. Brad will rely on his private sector experience to ensure continued favorable development of the city, development which will boost economic growth and mitigate the need for additional property tax increases.
Please consider voting for Brad Toft in the upcoming Snoqualmie mayoral primary. Ballots are mailed by the King County Board of Elections on July 12th. Please send your vote in for Brad before the August 1, 2017 postmark deadline.
Mark Hawkins, Snoqualmie resident