Name: Tyson Sparrow
Occupation: Project manager, Central Self Storage
Education: Some college
Prior political experience: None
Civic involvement: Middleton Area Optimist Club, 2012-Present; Middleton Junior Optimist Club, 2013-Present
Years living in your city: 3.5 years
Family: Wife, Talisha; daughter, Majerle; sons Stockton and Jaxson
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
My community comes before my own aspirations. I volunteer with several different organizations in my community to help strengthen and promote Middleton. We have such a unique opportunity coming from a small town to grow together. I have the ability to be directly involved with things that impact my community, and can have a voice in the whole process.
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
My top three priorities:
1. Work to eliminate duplicate spending on various projects. We have had several studies completed in Middleton pertaining to the growth of our community. I would work to find the studies that have been completed to prevent taxpayers spending money twice on the same project.
2. Establish communication between taxing districts. I would like to see all the taxing districts get together and have a common vision for Middleton. Taxpayers would benefit greatly if all the districts worked together.
3. Bring back a resident deputy from the Canyon County Sheriffs Office. I would work with the mayor and council members to make this a priority. We currently do not have full-time law enforcement in Middleton. A city our size definitely needs it.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
We need to be small-business friendly. We need to promote Middleton as the family-friendly community that it is. We need to support the businesses that we currently have in our community and make it easier to do business with us.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
Middleton 10 to 20 years from now will be a city of 10,000 to 15,000 people. We are going to be a city that is family and business friendly that people want to live their lives in. As far as change goes we need to be preparing for this growth. We need to make sure that every taxpayer dollar goes as far as we can possibly stretch it. We need to be diligent as leaders and servants of our community to make sure that we are prepared for growth.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
We have several organizations doing great things in our community. They all have a direction that they want to see their service organizations grow. I would like to see our whole community come together once a year and do something as a community to strengthen our unity. I would like to organize the leaders of each service organization to come together and plan a community service event.
6. What are the top two issues facing Middleton, and how should they be addressed?
The biggest issues that are facing Middleton are:
1. Spending levels of the current administration. There has been a lot of duplication at City Hall recently, the wastewater treatment plant being a portion of the duplication. There have been studies and engineering designs that have been changed more than once for no fiduciary benefit to taxpayers.
2. Utility billing. This is another hot button for current residents in Middleton. There have been multiple changes in the past 18 months some good, some not so good. As a city we need to ensure that we are providing the best quality product for our consumers dollar. We need to fully understand the process from beginning to end and have all the answers for the citizens of our community.
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?
I would like to see the upswing go toward the civic areas of our community. The library is operating on a very small budget. We need a community center here in Middleton, I would like to see any revenue overages go towards those areas the most. Also savings, when times are good it is always wise to save a little for when times might slump.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
If the budget needs tightened the first cut needs to come to the elected officials. They are servants to their community first, and any compensation is a bonus. That is why it is important to elect people that have passion for their community first.