Middleton City Council: Jim "Tank" Taylor

October 7, 2013 

Name: Jim "Tank" Taylor

Age: 58

Occupation: Retired from Idaho Department of Corrections in 2011, more than half that time in management positions; owner Taylor Homes, bought, renovated and sold over 80 homes throughout Canyon County.

Education: Attended Middleton schools 12 years, graduated 1973; attended education at Boise State College, later University, and Canterbury University.

Prior political experience: Dues-paying member of the Republican Party. Volunteer at party events.

Civic involvement: Chairman Middleton Planning and Zoning Commission, 2012 to present; Elks member, 20-plus years; member National Rifle Association and Idaho Sheriff's Association.

Years living in Middleton: 35-plus and the majority of the rest within 2 miles of city limits

Family: Three adult children, Emily, Jim and Robert. All attended Middleton schools

Email: bulldogger54@live.com

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

Experience and management skills developed in public and private sectors plus a clear choice between current council members and myself.

2. If elected, what are your top three priorities?

1. Retard the massive parks expansion under way with the current council and mayor. To do this make public planned property purchases now done in closed executive sessions.

2. Reinstate impact fees for it is my belief that new residents can help pay for services that their addition to the city cause to be needed. To accomplish this I will bring this forward to the council.

3. Eliminate plans for roundabouts and replace them with stop signs eliminating costs in design and development.

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

Start working with Idaho Department of Commerce to highlight Middleton's innovative and willing workforce that can support a light industrial base.

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

I envision Middleton remaining a bedroom community but hope it can develop a larger retail and light industrial base.

5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters?

Not really. When Middleton residents become concerned and want change, they become highly involved as witnessed by turnouts for fire protection and school bonds they feel were warranted.

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

1. Growth and residential expansion must be done in an orderly manner not in a hopscotch manner.

2. Massive expansion of city park system needs brought to a halt along with practice of executive closed session method of acquiring property and cooperation with the Greater Middleton Parks and Recreation District to develop existing parkland in the city limits.

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?

Streets and traffic control. Many streets were put in when standards were less stringent and are in need of repair and upgrading. With the moving of the high school and increase of population north of Foothill and Cemetery Hill the need for stoplights on Emmett along with one on Hawthorne would allow access to State Highway 44.

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

Administration. The current council has allowed the addition of a communication director and assistant to the mayor/code enforcement officer while at the same time increasing the mayor's salary from $18,000 to $40,0000.

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