Friday, September 25, 2009

Fircrest Candidates Debate/Forum 2009

The University Place-Fircrest Division of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber held a candidate forum for Fircrest City Council candidates on September 23 at the Fircrest Recreation Center. This forum was a 1-hour candidates’ debate followed by a 1-hour reception.

The forum aimed to educate and inform the community about the candidates and their positions on the important issues concerning our economy, our infrastructure and our ability to build a “climate” that keeps and creates businesses with good paying jobs.

Many topics were covered including the benefits of not having a B&O tax. This is an advantage Fircrest has when recruiting businesses to the area. Another topic covered was the deterioration of the sewer infrastructure, where the candidates disagreed on the methods of fund-raising to replace it. Suggestions included raising taxes, dipping into the city’s rainy day funds and applying for federal grants.

Hearing the candidate’s perspectives on these issues was of primary importance. It allowed audience members to understand the specific approaches each of them would take if elected to the Fircrest City Council.

View photos from the event here.

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