Meridian City Council, seat 2: Patrick Malloy

October 6, 2013 

Name: Patrick Malloy

Age: 49

Occupation: Owner of AD Productions and an independent local real-estate investor.

Education: AA Business Administration, Fullerton College; BRS Religious Studies, Prairie Bible College; AAS Small Business Management, Scottsdale Community College

Prior political experience: I was sworn in for Sen. Shirley McKague in the Idaho Legislature during her leave of absence in 2012. I was privileged to serve as a delegate at the Idaho State Republican convention in 2012.

Civic involvement: I volunteer for the Stanton Health Care Project in Meridian. I also contribute to Idaho Chooses Life and serve the community through outreach groups within the city and through my church.

Years living in Meridian: 5

Family: My parents live in Meridian and most of my siblings live in the Treasure Valley.

Website: NA

Social media accounts: Facebook.com/MalloyForIdaho

EndorsementsFormer Idaho Sen. Shirley McKague, R-Meridian and Idaho Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian.

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

Having never held a paid city, county or state government position, makes me an ideal candidate to represent the Meridian taxpayers. I hold a strong conviction to the limited role of government and an unwavering commitment to fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability with taxpayer funds. I am concerned that local governments are becoming mini legislatures. The primary role of local government is providing a safe environment for individuals, families, and businesses through law enforcement and fire protection services, planning and zoning, delivering public utilities, sewer and trash collection. Developing quality parks and recreation areas is another way to ensure our community is a great place to live and work. My experience working for the Alliance Defending Freedom for over 12 years has made me aware of how an overreaching local government can trample individual liberties and restrict a free market environment.

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

I will commit to the residents of Meridian to vote no on any new proposal to increase taxes, fees or costs of living and doing business in Meridian. I will continue to analyze the city budgets to look for ways the city can cut spending in unnecessary or extravagant areas. This will require continued reviews of current and past annual reports. This may also require proposals to reduce salaries for key executive positions. Reduce the cost and regulatory requirements of starting and operating a business within Meridian. This will require taking a hard look at all fees charged by the city.

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

Oppose the local option sales tax. This additional tax would cost residents more money for every purchase they make within the city. It will also harm local retail businesses that compete with businesses in nearby cities. City government currently receives adequate revenue from property taxes, sales tax and other taxes and fees, to perform the essential roles it should be focused on.

Reward businesses who choose Meridian by reducing impact and regulatory fees making Meridian a favorable location for new business start-ups. Limited government regulation and minimal fees always favors new and ongoing business development. Job opportunities will always follow new and expanding businesses.

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

The city will obviously grow in population which will require more homes, continued road infrastructure, additional schools and parks. This additional population will bring a demand for new businesses. I hope many of these new businesses would seek out the downtown area. A strong downtown small business community will ensure Meridian retains it's quaint small town feel that has drawn so many to call Meridian their hometown. I would like to see the proposed walking/bike trail finished providing access all the way into downtown, offering additional recreational areas and an alternative commuting option. I would like to see Meridian continue to be a retirement destination, expanding the amenities that cater to the needs and desires of our seniors. Keeping our tax structure low will ensure those who retire on a fixed income will continue to have the quality of life they have come to enjoy in Meridian.

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

If public apathy exists, it is likely a result of citizens feeling they are not heard by their elected officials or that they are politely listened to and then the elected officials will do what they intended anyway. There may also be a lack of awareness as to the exact scope of our city government. If the average taxpayer had a better understanding of what their tax dollars were spent on, they may be more likely to voice their opinions about the decisions that directly affect their household budgets. Making it as easy as possible to locate information (transparency) and contacting an elected official online may improve public involvement. I know much information is currently online, but it is not always easily located. All city ordinances and regulations should be organized like the States interactive database for Idaho codes.

6. Meridian is poised to become the city's second largest city. How do you embrace growth and expansion and still maintain your small-town, family- oriented values?

I do not see this as a primary function of city government. This is best accomplished by community/civic organizations, business associations, para-church ministries and churches. I do think the annual Block Party and Dairy Days are helpful in fostering our sense of community. Limiting government bureaucracy will also help foster a small-town family oriented community. This is done by not over regulating every detail of living and doing business in Meridian. A bigger population does not always mean there is a need for bigger local government. I personally opposed adding two new city council seats. This is the very reason I am not running for either of the two new seats. The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

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

The loss of trust in or concern for the local government by its citizens. This is resolved by my answers to question no. 5 on public apathy. The future of downtown Meridian. Minimizing impact and regulatory fees for business start-ups and ongoing operation is key to a thriving downtown business community. I believe the local option sales tax will harm the small businesses in the downtown Meridian area and throughout the city. Local option sales tax will also cost Meridian residence every time they make a purchase within the city.

8. 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?

I would like to see the city reduce unnecessary or extravagant spending so that there would be no need to raise taxes. But should the simple fact of increased population and sales provide additional tax revenue, then paying down debt would be a top priority.

Actually offering the taxpayers a refund would be an unprecedented move on the part of the city. Working with ACHD to update the Meridian Road overpass to include walking/biking lanes would allow pedestrians safe access to the amenities in Meridian that are both north and south of the freeway.

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

My second answer in question no. 2 covers some of this. End membership in all national and international associations that are not required by law, or necessary to complete the primary functions of city government. End reimbursement for all nonessential expenditures that are not the direct result of government business.

Ensure all contracts with the city are currently the best value available to date. Oftentimes longstanding contracts are not competitive with current available service rates. Consider alternatives to all outsourced organizations and whether it would be cost effective to handle those services directly by current city employees.

Reduce all internal print material. Incentivizing residents to go paperless for utility and other city related processes could reduce the cost of running those functions. The production and distribution of communication material and social media not essential to the operation of city government should cease.

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