Nampa City Council, seat 3: Pam White

October 6, 2013 

Name: Pam White

Age: Not provided

Occupation: Nampa City Councilwoman

Education: Spokane Falls AA; Oral Roberts University; Paralegal Certification; Real Estate License (inactive); Insurance/Investment License (lapsed with career change);

Prior political experience: Six years Nampa City Council; 3.5 years Nampa Planning & Zoning Commission.

Civic involvement: 2000-present: Board of Directors, Nampa Chamber of Commerce; 2007-2008: Chairman of the Board, Nampa Chamber of Commerce; 2008-present; Board of Directors, St. Alphonsus Hospital, Nampa; 2012-present: Vice-Chair Quality Care Committee, St. Alphonsus Hospital, Nampa; 2007-present: Nampa Development Corporation; 2007-present: Council Liaison Rural Fire Commission; 2007-present: Council Liaison Airport Commission; 2011-present: Council Liaison Library Board; Womens Century Club (present); Lions Club (prior); Association of Idaho Cities; Syringa House Advisory Board (prior).

Years living in Nampa: 18-plus

Family: Husband, Steve, daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Website: None

Social Media: None

1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?

My experience and first hand knowledge of the issues, local, state and federal, that are facing the city of Nampa today. I have been involved in the wastewater advisory committee and the stormwater advisory committee. I have been actively involved in union negotiations. I have experienced seven budget cycles. I served 3.5 years on planning and zoning, served on the impact fees committee and the Nampa Development Corporation for 6 years, which is the Urban Renewal leadership committee. I have volunteered at every level in the community, and served the business community through the Nampa Chamber of Commerce.

2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.

Work to strengthen the city incentive package and encourage the state to higher competitive level of incentives in recruiting new industry and business, which will strengthen economic recovery to enable lowering the property tax levy rate; identify a sustainable funding source for the unfunded federal mandates in stormwater and wastewater requirements; find sustainable funding solutions for the Idaho Center operation support; This can be done with community involvement, state legislative involvement, hard work, creative thinking and cohesive leadership.

3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?

We have to think outside the box in recruiting business, lead with an “it can be done” attitude rather than “it can't be done,” and maintain an environment that makes doing business in Nampa a smooth and timely experience.

4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?

I picture a vibrant community with parks, bike paths and transportation hubs that will help to reduce excessive traffic and reduce emissions pollution. I know that Nampa will be a complete city, with its own water treatment plant, streets dept. and sound financial statement. Educational opportunities will be nationally recognized and our business and industry will be a major hub on the I-84 corridor connecting west coast to east coast.

5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?

I think citizens are weary of bickering, name-calling, mean people who are the only ones talking. I also think a huge reason people aren't involved is simply because they haven't been asked, not because they don't want to be. The last five years have beat us all down economically, but I believe people care deeply about their quality of life. I must lead by example to find ways to make being involved more accessible and inclusive.

6. What are the top two issues facing Nampa, and how should they be addressed?

See above, answer No. 2.

7. If tax revenues take an upswing in the next few years, which part of city government do you think most needs an infusion of cash, and why?

The capital improvements fund needs to be built up. Emergent needs are so unpredictable. This fund was minimized the last four years. The streets department needs to get caught up. The stormwater federal mandates are sucking $500,000 a year from this department.

8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?

Keep jobs, perhaps rework the benefits package. The level of service for the citizens needs to stay intact. It must be a team effort.

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