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Responsible Governance

Ensuring transparency, accountability, and accessibility

  • Look for innovative ways to make local government leaner, more efficient, and less expensive

  • Invest in developing non-tax revenue streams for the town

  • Require balanced budgets and maintain a safe reserve fund

  • Utilize technology to build on the transparency reforms our town has already made

  • Streamline government protocol for ease of public understanding

  • Provide more convenient opportunities for citizens to speak with Town officials

Fiscal prudence

see also: Taxes

  • Look for innovative ways to make local government leaner, more efficient, and less expensive. Let's position Corte Madera as a leader in defining what it means to be a small town in the 21st century, by crowdsourcing ideas from local talent and looking for low-cost ways to support local civic organizations community goals.

  • Invest in developing non-tax revenue streams for the Town. To bolster local taxes, Corte Madera should generate new non-tax revenues, including by aggressively pursuing state and federal grants and by innovating new public investments on behalf of the community.

  • Require balanced budgets and maintain a safe reserve fund. The Town should be required to run a balanced budget, with an exception in times of emergency. To protect against future economic downturns or unforeseen expenses, we must continue to build a rainy day fund of low-risk investments.

Transparent decision-making
  • Utilize technology to build on the transparency reforms our town has already made. Every citizen should know what decisions Town officials are making and why. We can do even more to advance that ideal by taking advantage of new and emerging technologies, making it easier for the Town to share information and for residents to share their thoughts and feedback.

Accessibility & accountability 
  • Streamline government protocol for ease of public understanding. For residents unfamiliar with the arcane workings of government, official town meetings can be intimidating and confusing. Let's explore new protocols that make government business easier for the public to understand and participate in.

  • Provide more convenient opportunities for citizens to speak with Town officials. Corte Maderans deserve more convenient opportunities to speak one-on-one with top Town officials. I support efforts to make Town Councilmembers and Town Staff periodically available to the public outside of regular working hours.

Case Study: Park Madera Shopping Center

In 2006, the Town of Corte Madera purchased the Park Madera shopping center for $10 million. It had just been appraised four months earlier—at a value of $5.9 million.

This disturbing use of taxpayer money is a prime example of just what can go wrong when governments wield public funds without proper oversight. The lesson is clear: only by integrating more checks and oversight into the Town's operations can we avoid a repeat of such debacles.

Read more here.

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