Lincoln is a special community. People from diverse backgrounds have chosen to live here because of its unique lifestyle, affordability, location, and sunny California climate. This has led to explosive growth. At the beginning of the 21st century, Lincoln was the fastest growing city of its size in the United States and was designated a “2006 All American City.” Although downtown Lincoln still has that “small town” feel, our growth has led to major changes in the way the city is run. City services have expanded and so has its tax base. We need to look at city services to ensure that they are adequate for the community that Lincoln has become. In addition, we will need to renegotiate our relationship with Placer County to ensure that we receive all the tax dollars that we are entitled to receive from the county.
I believe the most important issues facing Lincoln are:
Our budget is a mixture of operating, capital improvement and special enterprise funds. In the past, some of these enterprises have produced a deficit. This has put a strain on operating funding for city services. I plan to find ways for these functions to live within their funding sources. Specifically, the airport should be an asset and not a liability. The Lincoln Airport Industrial Center should be central to Lincoln’s future and the city needs to encourage businesses to move here. As a retired CPA, my plan is to sit down with our Treasurer, City Manager and Finance Director to go over our budget with the goal of better matching needs to funding.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have experienced restrictions to our daily life to stop the spread of the disease. As we continue to reopen, we need to be aware of the public health risks. This is an important issue for the 4th district as many of our residents are in the “at risk” category. Some members of the Placer Board of Supervisors have turned this into a political issue. Instead of contradicting the State and County Health Directors, we should look toward risk factors when determining what steps to take during this crisis. If we need to wear a mask and practice social distancing, then we should do so. While it may be awhile before life returns to the way it was before COVID-19, we must stay safe while we return to as much normality as possible.
We need to encourage businesses to set up shop here in Lincoln since local businesses produce tax revenue for the city. As mentioned above, we should encourage growth in the Airport Industrial Center. We need the tax revenue. While current economic growth has been stymied by the pandemic, it will return, and we need to be ready.
We all look forward to another Potters season when this pandemic is over. Although the relationship between the city and the Lincoln Theatre group was terminated, we need to look at alternatives. Our life will return to normal some day and we need to prepare for that day.