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Star City Council, seat 4: Tammy McDaniel

October 7, 2013 

Name: Tammy McDaniel

Age: 52

Occupation: Deputy Assessor, Ada County Assessor DMV

Education: Junior College – Accounting

Prior political experience: 10 years Star City Council Member

Civic involvement: Lions Club, planning committee for Star Mule Days, Hometown Celebration, Star City Cleanup the Town, River Walk cleanup, Mayor’s Golf Tournament for Student Scholarships, Star Chamber Meet and Greet

Years living in Star: 12.5

Family: Husband, Butch, (28 years); two children, Tyler and Marissa, live locally; Stepson and daughter-n-law, JJ and Annie. Two grandchildren, Riley and Emalie, live in Nebraska.

Website: none provided

Social media accounts: none provided

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

I have 10 years experience as a Star City Council Member. I have worked hard to learn all aspects of governing a city. Budgeting, land use planning, comprehensive planning for the city’s growth and economic development, community involvement, requires a lot of dedication and time in insuring that good sound decisions are made to improve our great city. I have devoted many hours of studying ordinances and researching sound development practices, and believe that my experience and hard work makes me the better candidate to serve the city of Star.

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

The city of Star is growing again, issuing new building permits for new homes. The city has purchased land for several new parks for our citizens, and I believe that one of our top priorities should be to develop a five-year parks plan. Each year, the mayor, clerk, and council participate in a planning retreat to develop goals for the city, and I believe the parks plan should be the top priority. I am dedicated to keeping our city a safe one for our citizens and I will keep it a top priority to continue to support our law enforcement department, contracted with Ada County, in allowing for the necessary budgeting to keep a handle on crime in the city. Due to the recession, growth had slowed down for several years. Now that the city is starting to see more building permits applied for, we will need to keep our attention on the need for updating our comprehensive plan.

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

The city of Star has changed from a small community of less than two thousand population, to a growing and thriving population of more than six thousand. With new residents seeking the wonderful amenities offered from a tight-knit community, the city of Star will continue to promote a walkable, safe place for its residents. Ten years ago, my goal was to help improve the amenities in Star, ultimately to have a live, work and play environment. My vision is still on the right track to accomplish this in Star, and I will continue to promote ideas to improve on what the city and the community already enjoys.

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

The city of Star will be a live, work, and play community with more residents and businesses. Less of our residents will have the need to commute in to work in the bigger cities, as we will have more employment opportunities in the future. I would like to see the community stay close and we will accomplish this through our current community events.

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

The city of Star has many residents who care about civic matters, and we have a large number of community members who are spreading the need for involvement. I believe having a Parks and Recreation Department, offering recreation for our citizens, helps to development the right relationships within the community. I will continue to promote the same vision and ideas that we have worked so hard for over the last 10 years, to continue down the road to a better community to live in.

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

Keeping the city of Star on the same track for good growth and land-use planning. We will need to allow the growth in the city, while keeping the small town environment with a tight-knit 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?

The city’s new Parks and Recreation Department has been a wonderful success with huge participation from our citizens. This would be where I would like to see an infusion take place. Keeping our children in the community active and involved is an important goal of mine.

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

We would need to evaluate the conditions and needs at the time of the downturn. The city had to address what was essential during the recent recession, and we managed to keep our budget in the black without impacting the city’s services. During the 10 years that I have served as a member of the city council, each year we have kept in line with a balanced budget and have never gone in the red. The city has always budgeted, without considering incoming building permit monies, thereby never depending on these funds for operating services for the city. The city of Star has been able to be fiscally responsible, without increasing property taxes.

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