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'Business as usual' is not sustainable

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Dear Editor:

I recently submitted my official affidavit to run for city council in Delta. I will seek the at-large seat in the April 2018 elections. I wanted to introduce myself, and explain why I'm interested in serving City of Delta residents.

I am -- in no particular order -- a business owner, writer, marketer, husband and father. I moved to Delta six years ago with my wife to open CB's Tavern on Main Street. Since moving here, I have done my best to participate and contribute to our community. I serve on several boards of organizations, including the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and the Libertarian Party of Delta County. I was involved in the grant writing efforts to bring broadband to Delta. I became active in local politics, advocating for fiscal responsibility and free enterprise.

I do this because I genuinely love living in Delta. I can't imagine living any place. Originally from Denver, I feel very fortunate to be able to raise my son in our tightly-knit, vibrant community.

But there is always room for improvement. And the first place that needs the most attention is our city government.

There are a number of issues that demand the attention of City residents: the costliness of our golf course, our debt exposure, crumbling roads and sidewalks, the strained relationship between our municipal government and the business community, and -- of course -- the dwindling financial coffers to address all of these issues. "Business as usual" is not sustainable.

Before we start erecting high-rise hotels, there is a lot of housecleaning within the City of Delta that needs to take place first. And this requires a "back to the basics" approach of governing responsibly, balancing budgets, not spending money that we don't have, remaining skeptical of every budgetary line item, growing the tax base not the tax burden, and identifying best practices from other communities who have been able to innovate on shoestring budgets.

On my website -- votestooks.org -- I provide my thoughts, recommendations and goals for making Delta an even more vibrant and abundant community. Economic development and progress won't happen overnight, but there are a lot of first steps we can take in that direction.

Jay Stooksberry

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