Jonathan C. Boone
Name: Jonathan C. Boone
Address: 900 Church
What are the top three issues facing the city of Tonganoxie, and how would you address them, if elected?
Revenue is an issue facing Tonganoxie. While we are currently acquiring several bonds, with time our ability to receive grants will be limited as the median income of the population increases. Therefore, I feel we should bring more tax dollars to town by luring new businesses.
Infrastructure is also an issue facing Tonganoxie. By using an excise tax we can acquire revenue for street maintenance, storm water control, sewer repair, and repairs in the water department (like water line upgrades).
How do you believe the city should address increased pressures on its budget?
The city needs to work with a more controlled budget by reducing what the city spends on unnecessary expenses (such as health club memberships for city employees). If we eliminate expenses that our city government wastes money on and add increased tax dollars (from new businesses and new residents), then we will have a more flexible budget.
What unique qualifications would you bring to the City Council?
As an area resident for 24 years, I have seen a lot happen in this town. I would like to have an opportunity to help set the direction of the city. Furthermore, I hope to encourage other young people to become involved in the business of our city.
Do you favor a casino in the Tonganoxie area? Why or why not?
I believe that by having a casino near town we will not reap any benefits from it. Specifically, they will not be required to pay taxes, and there is no guarantee that they will help our schools by investing money in the school district. In addition, area contractors may not receive any work from the casino, and we do not know which community they will be willing to support.
If we will not allow a bar or a cabaret club to open in the city because it is immoral, then we should not allow a casino in our neighborhood, either.
Is the city correctly addressing growth-related issues? Please be specific.
I believe that the city is doing a decent job of addressing growth-related problems. However, I feel we are playing catch up because the city takes so long to decide what they want to do and everything seems to get delayed by being tossed back and forth from planning commission to city council.