Name: K.C Maly
Occupation: Self-employed, landlord
Education: Bachelors degree in business management
Prior political experience: None
Civic involvement: HOA board president for two years. I helped with Girl Scouts Troop 200 for two years as well.
Years living in Kuna: 8.5 years
Family: Married for 19.5 years (Wendy); two children, ages 9 (Rebeca) and almost 12 (Amanda).
Social media accounts: Facebook
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?
While I am sure all of us are all good choices, let me briefly explain why I am a great choice for city council. Throughout most of my working life I have been employed in customer service positions. I also have a degree in business management and I have successfully managed several businesses. I know how to successfully handle money and make sound business decisions. I am now successfully in business for myself. I am also a disabled military veteran (U.S. Navy).
2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them?
My first priority is to expand the citys tax base. Kuna has a disproportionately large number of homes and not enough businesses. It places too much of the tax burden on homeowners. I would like to explore ways to encourage new businesses to expand into our community without hurting our existing businesses.
My second priority is to look into getting a multigenerational center. This would be something that everyone could use, not just one segment of the population maybe senior-focused activities in the morning hours, parent-focused activities in the afternoon, and after-school activities for young adults. My last major priority would be to ensure that we dont have any more LID (or Best Bath)type situations popping up again. These were disastrous situations that could have easily been avoided with a little forethought on the part of the city council.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
Find out what is discouraging or preventing businesses from coming to our community and then removing those obstacles. Communicating with businesses that are considering moving here is a great place to start. Talking with businesses that ultimately decided not to come to Kuna is just as valuable source of insight too. For example, does the city have some type of policies that make it difficult or too expensive to set-up shop here in Kuna? Are other cities doing something that we are not that creates a disadvantage for our city? Is there some type of zoning issue(s) that are getting in the way? Whatever the problems are, Kuna should be actively seeking to find a solution.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
Kunas population will continue to grow, like it or not. The city needs to grow in a well thought out way. We need to plan where subdivisions are going to be located and where businesses are going to be located. In neighborhoods, we need to ensure that the roads are well thought out and designed with safety in mind for everyone. Near businesses we need to ensure that there is easy access for customers and room to grow. The last thing we need is for an industrial business to be located right next to a subdivision. This type of scenario serves no one.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?
I think that community involvement is paramount to keeping that small-town feeling. I believe that the city should get together with the newspaper and have a volunteers needed section. If people know that volunteers are needed for a given project, chances are much better that one will be found if the need is advertised. I think that the city could save money from this too. Lets take a look at Kunas greenbelt path as an example. If we asked for volunteers to design a path, maybe someone with that type of experience would step up and plan it, saving us money. Maybe some seniors in high school could take on coordinating the clearing of weeds and debris as a graduation project. Maybe they could seek out donations from the community to pay for the supplies as well. Thats all free labor that saves the city money.
6. What are the top two issues facing Kuna, and how should they be addressed?
Planning for growth and gaining new businesses to ease the tax burden on homeowners.
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?
Education. Ensuring that schools are properly funded is a major concern of most parents. It is frustrating that we have to keep passing levies just to ensure that our children receive a proper education. I am all for supporting schools (my wife is a teacher) and I have voted for all of the levies, but it is frustrating that they cannot find a way to pay for this out of the normal taxes that are collected.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?
I think the economic crisis has taken away all of the easy answers to this question. I would look at cutting back on the police budget. I know this takes up a large portion of the budget, so maybe we could look at what effect a five or ten percent cut would look like. Also, I would look at discretionary spending, but this is a small portion of the overall budget.