Meridian City Council, seat 6: Curtis Munson

October 7, 2013 

Name: Curtis Munson

Age: 69

Occupation: Retired from Amalgamated Sugar Company

Education: High school diploma; Millwright Trade School

Prior political experience: None

Civic involvement: Local BCTGM 283 G secretary, three years; Little League Baseball coach, eight years; Caribou County Bowling secretary, six years

Years living in Meridian: 1

Family: Wife of 47 years, Barbara Munson; son, Kim Munson; daughter, Lisa Bray; son, Emmett Munson; grandchildren

Website: none

Social media accounts: none

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

Retired from 55 years of employment; 19 years from Amalgamated Sugar Factory. I have the time to commit to public service and this is why I have pursued City Council Seat 6. With my experience in the work force and my life experiences I bring a lot of good ideas and suggestions on how to make the city we live in the best place to live.

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

Maintain current city employees by offering competitive salaries as seen in the private work force. This will include Meridian Fire, Police and Public Safety.

Education is a priority — I will focus on school facilities, resources and most importantly our teachers. This can be done by analyzing current budgets, cutting out waste and can be done without increases to property taxes or special levy assessments. The continued growth for the city will require our attention to our roads and parks.

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

Continue to support the Ada County Association of Realtors to coordinate both commercial and residential growth. Open communication and working cross real estate segments will enhance our opportunities for the city of Meridian.

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

Meridian will continue to see growth from a population standpoint and also an economic platform. The continued development of our schools and especially technical skills will attract high-level skill employers with commensurate wages.

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

Town Hall meetings are a good platform to offer anyone the opportunity for input. Also, direct mailers and/or direct calling is another way to get the public’s input about their city and current matters affecting the city.

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?

The city’s planning and zoning has provided us with a very good footprint for neighborhood safety, community awareness and an overall feel of small town values with each subdivision having its own homeowner’s association, etc. The builders, developers and city planners have all done a terrific job.

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

1. Traffic patterns/congestion. Continue our vision of what the future will look like with respect to finite spaces for certain areas

2. Growth. The current growth projections will bring a lot of challenges from new schools, tax planning and budgeting, but also brings tremendous opportunity.

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?

Meridian Public Works. This is to continue the development for increased population(s) and increased volumes of traffic.

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

We need to continue to streamline our workforce to match the private sectors ability to be very productive, but with fewer resources.

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