Name: KLynn Miller
Occupation: Owner, Wes Miller Construction; administrative assistant at Nampa High School; retired piano teacher
Education: 1972 Nampa High School; Brigham Young University
Prior political experience: Precinct 56 Committeewoman since May 2012
Civic involvement: Nampa Musicale, 1988-present (president 1993-1995); Nampa Legion Baseball, 1999-2009; Canyon County Republican Women (current); Canyon County Republican Central Committee, 2012-present; Cub Scout Commissioner, 1994-1997; Chairman Nampa Musicale Christmas Tour of Homes, 1990-1995; president of church women's group, 2000-2003.
Years living in your city: 39.5 in Nampa city limits. I grew up on a farm south of Nampa so I had a Nampa address for all of my 59 years.
Family: Husband, Wes Miller, passed away in January 2009 (we were married 34 years); five children
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
As a lifelong resident of Nampa I have seen the Nampa city government create excessive debt and spending during the tenure of my opponent. I want to reverse these trends. I also understand the proper role of government. My opponent voted to spend money for the new public safety building and the new library. I believe both of these projects should have been voted on by the citizens of Nampa.
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.
1. Repeal urban renewal. Urban renewal districts increase the tax burden for every taxpayer in the county. The levy rate must be increased to generate from the base value the funds needed to run the city, schools, highway and any other needs. To allow unneeded and wasteful urban renewal district's to continue to spend tax dollars without taxpayer votes is wrong.
2. Stop subsidizing the Idaho Center. The taxpayers in Nampa subsidize the Idaho Center over a million dollars a year. The current management needs to make it profitable or the city needs to seek a contract with someone who can make it profitable.
3. Review all existing city ordinances and eliminate all that are unconstitutional.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
The free-market system, competitive capitalism create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all. Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation. We need to lower taxes and get rid of unnecessary ordinances and regulations to make city of Nampa business friendly. One example: A national chain store in Meridian pays $169.6 thousand a year in taxes. The same national chain in Nampa pays $349.5 thousand a year in taxes.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
Debt free and out from under the unwise decisions of prior leadership.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
I am concerned. I believe one good way to involve more people is to form citizen committees to study issues instead of hiring outside consultants. We have many people in the city of Nampa with expertise in many areas. This would also save tax dollars.
6. What are the top two issues facing Nampa, and how should they be addressed?
1. Urban renewal should be repealed.
2. The Idaho Center, which is sucking tax dollars from the citizens every year, needs new management that can make it profitable.
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?
Current city expenditures need to be reallocated for the pressing needs of the city. Any tax revenues over and above that should be returned dollar to dollar to the taxpayers.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
The budget needs to be looked at line by line to see where cuts can be made. We cannot continue to subsidize the Idaho Center.