Nampa City Council, seat 6: Darryl Speiser

October 7, 2013 

Name: Darryl Speiser

Age: 51

Occupation: Commercial property appraiser with the Canyon County Assessor’s Office

Education: Some college and various certifications

Prior political experience: Currently a central committeeman

Civic involvement: I was involved in various city service projects including Paint the Town and Rake Up Nampa and involved in several Eagle Scout projects around town. I was also involved in Nampa Kids recreation league soccer. The years covered would be 2003 to present.

Years living in Nampa: 11 years

Family: Wife and 5 children

Website: None

Social media accounts: None

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

My commitment to lowering taxpayer expenditures as well as a promise to end any and all urban renewal projects as soon as possible.

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

1. Create a favorable business climate. This would involve balancing and lowering our city budgets, as well as reviewing all ordinances that stifle small business.

2. Free up monies that currently go to non-performing assets such as the Idaho center. This would be done by privatizing the whole entity not just the operations.

3. Cancel all urban renewal projects as soon as possible if possible. Pledge to never pass another urban renewal district.

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

The city should stop redistributing wealth to favorite entities through the undemocratic urban renewal process. I do not believe the city should “build it and they will come,” instead we should "get out the way so they will come.” Lower taxes and regulation will go a long way toward these ends.

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

I would like the city to continue to be the same great place it is now. I believe that it is the people that make Nampa great and not the city government. Overall steady manageable growth would be great with no steep ups and downs.

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

I am always concerned about apathy on the part of our citizens. History has shown that private initiative is much more effective than any government lead welfare programs. If we involve people in solving their own problems we would go a long way towards building a sense of community.

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

1. Urban renewal: These should be terminated and never brought up again.

2. Idaho center: Get government out of where they don’t belong. Running an arena is not where the city belongs.

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 taxpayers would be first on my list of priorities. Tax cut first. Excess monies means lower taxes.

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

Any non-essential services and then to consolidate or outsource what functions can feasibly be dealt with in this way.

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