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Candidate Interview, April 6, 2004 Municpal ElectionPrimary

City Council - Donald Earney Burchard

Transcribed interview, basis for Warrensburg Free Press article March 11 issue

Interview was conducted on 2/27 at Modern Mud. Burchard was armed with the city budget, city goals and other documents he’d been researching. Please see Burchard's website for more info on his campaign.

1. What do you see as most important qualifications for a council person?

2. How long have you lived in Warrensburg? 3. What’s your educational background? 4. What civic or other organizations have you served in? 5. What do you see as the 3 main issues facing burg and how address? Other issues:

City Finances:

  • Would you support additional taxes for city services?
  • What do you believe is the maximum sustainable sales tax rate for the city?
  • Should the city support the Old Drum Bus Service? At what cost? Are Warrensburg’s parks needs properly addressed? Elaborate. Do you support a skateboard park – how should it be funded? In the past, relationships with the County have sometimes been strained. What’s best way for governmental units to work together? To what extent should CMSU influence governmental decisions? What degree of oversight should the City exercise over non-governmental entities that receive tax money: Would you support mandatory curbside recycling? Would you support smoking ban in businesses? How should city employees be compensated? Would you support employee unions? What should be our public works priorities? Streets? Sewers? Development? What should be done about the West Pine Street bar situation? Additional Comments: Will you give me a quotable statement on why we should elect you?
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