I’m in the Pima County Treasurer race because taxpayers want and need accountability from their government. Arizona spends billions of your tax dollars, and you have the right to know what the state is doing with your money. As treasurer, I would implement a program for the county similar to AZCheckbook.com, which former Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin started. This allows anyone to get on the Internet for daily status updates and monthly comparisons of funds available to pay for essential services. It’s easy and transparent. Also, it’s time to put “service” back into public service, just because a request is not relevant to the treasurer’s office doesn’t mean it gets ignored. Navigating the morass of the government bureaucracy can be challenging. Let’s help people through the “minefield” and relieve some stress. I believe that much can be done to ease the financial burden on the county’s economically disadvantaged residents. Many are being forced out of their homes due to rising property values. I believe that we can implement a public banking function to help longtime residents stay in their homes. Something like a reverse mortgage, but instead of providing income it would mitigate the rising tax burden until the owner dies or sells the property. Lastly, I believe that all elected official have an obligation to make themselves available to their constituency as much as possible, and to educate the electorate on their offices’ roles in county government.

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