Name: Pat Jones
Occupation: Service team leader, Les Schwab Tire Center
Education: High school diploma
Prior political service: None
Civic Involvement: Kuna Days Chairman, 7 years; Lions Club member, 1 year; Annual Easter Egg Hunt volunteer and donor, 7 years; Mayor's BMX Competition sponsor; Kuna High Booster supporter.
Years living in Kuna: 7
Family: Spouse, Shelly
Social media accounts: none
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponents?
I have been actively involved in the community since moving to Kuna. I have been a chairman for Kuna Days going on 7 years. I am an active Lions Club member. I volunteer and donate to the annual Easter egg hunt. I am sponsoring the Mayor's drug free BMX/Skate competition. I have been keeping up with the city's issues by attending the council meetings on a regular basis for the past year and by attending the workshops that affect our city. I am a person of honesty, integrity and commitment. I realize that this position is a lot more than just attending the meetings twice a month.
2. If elected what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
The number one priority is the need for youth activities and or recreation. We need the Boys and Girls club and the swimming pool. We need to continue economic growth by making sure we get diversified businesses and to lower the tax burden on the residents. The city needs to decide on the appropriate overpass. The boys and girls club/swimming pool can be accomplished in one of two ways. We can have the residents vote on a bond or if we encourage more businesses to come to Kuna we will grow our tax base to get the things we need. The bond would be the fastest route. The addition of the facilities will encourage businesses to move here. It will also increase the quality of life for our residents. The city needs to follow through with this. As far as the overpass we need to listen to the public and make sure a decision is made.
3. What is one thing the city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
The city needs the recreation facilities to encourage businesses to move here. The city needs to make sure the entrances promote a beautiful city. This will increase jobs and promote a better quality of life. The city will need to make sure the businesses are diversified to make sure they are profitable and possibly grow in the future. If the businesses are profitable that are here, than more will come to Kuna.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 yrs from now? How should it change?
The city will obviously be bigger but we need to make sure we still have the small town feel. We need to make sure that we have enough sustainable growth to keep everyone here and to keep the money here. The city needs to grow from the bedroom community feel to a place that you wont want to leave. We need to make sure the infrastructure is here to promote the need to come to Kuna.
5. Are you concerned about the public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
I think if we can get the community more involved it would be a great thing. One way to do that is to make sure we have the businesses that keep people here and will get them out in the city. If they shop here and stay here they will see what involvement is needed and hopefully participate. The city will continue to grow with civic matters and if more people are involved the better the outcome will be.
6. What are the top two issues facing Kuna, and how should they be addressed?
My answer would be the Boys and Girls Club/swimming pool facility and economic development. As stated before the fastest way to get the Boys and Girls Club and or swimming pool would be a bond that is voted on by the public. I will make sure that this issue is addressed if I am elected. As far as economic development we need to make sure Kuna is a place that the businesses want to come. This will create jobs and increase our tax base so we can maintain and increase our infrastructure. With a bigger business base the money will stay in Kuna to help getting a swimming pool, maintaining our parks, help renew our downtown corridor to name a few. The city needs to make sure that this is moved forward in a timely matter.
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 believe the most money is needed in the parks and recreation department. As stated before this will help maintain our parks, run the swimming pool, build sports complexes. This is needed to benefit the youth of Kuna. A sports complex could bring tournaments to our city, which will bring an influx of revenue to our businesses. We also could use some of this revenue to promote development of this city. To encourage growth that is sustainable.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
We would need to look at the overall budget to see if there are any places to cut. Each individual item will need to be looked at to see if there was any savings available. I hope it doesn't come down to that since the budget was trimmed in the last few years during the slowdown, but I would be willing to make the tough decisions if faced with the dilemma.