Jason Lacy: Passionate about giving back to community, family, friends
Since I have embarked on my campaign I have often been asked, “What made you run for city council?” The reason is simple: I am passionate about giving back to the community in which my family and I live and work.
From the time I moved to Steamboat, I have been involved in many community boards and civic groups, including the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, Routt County United Way, the Education Fund Board, STARS, Yampa Valley Autism Program and the Yampa Street 2A Funding Committee, to name a few.
As a father of two young sons born here in Steamboat Springs and a small business owner running my own law practice, I am fully invested in making this a successful community for everyone. My prior experience as a CPA, coupled with my extensive legal and nonprofit work, have given me unique insight into the wide variety of issues that affect the daily affairs of local government and the knowledge and preparation to help lead our city council.
The issues that we will face through the next several years are varied and complex, and I am prepared for the challenge.
Restoring confidence in our local government is my first priority. All elected officials must act with openness and transparency as a routine part of decision making, and they must facilitate community dialogue and input at every juncture. This will ensure that all residents have the opportunity to fully understand and comment on all city council matters.
Likewise, our next city manager must be actively engaged in our community and someone that has a proven track record of working well with staff, city leaders and the public. The next city council needs to clearly articulate its policy vision to the new city manager who must then be accountable for helping attain this vision.
The community has also stated in recent surveys that housing is the biggest issue the next city council must address. I think developing policies to encourage competitive free-market housing solutions and finding avenues to support funding for the Yampa Valley Housing Authority are keys to retaining the diversity and community character that makes Steamboat such special place. The next city council must be prepared to vigorously explore all options on housing policy in order to make a positive impact on this enduring challenge.
I am also committed to making best efforts to fulfill the recommendation of the police station committee to build a combined law enforcement facility with Routt County. This will save millions of dollars of taxpayer money versus a stand-alone facility, while also enhancing cooperation between the city and county.
This joint facility is a perfect example of the type of fiscal discipline that I believe in. My past experience as an auditor of city and county governments and school districts, as well as a small business owner, has thoroughly prepared me to be an effective steward of our public funds. We must reasonably manage the city budget and plan ahead for future down cycles in our economy.
In short, I think that my demonstrated passion for our community and public service combined with my legal and financial background make me an ideal candidate for our next city council. I am humbled to be considered for this position and promise to be open to community input on all decisions.
I hope that you will allow me this great privilege of serving our wonderful city for the next four years. For more information about me, please visit my website at lacyforsteamboat.com or my Facebook page at facebook.com/lacyforsteamboat. Thank you for your support and your vote.
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