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Q1. What are your top 2 priorities for Sparks?
Q2. How would you increase local funding and incentives to develop affordable housing for low and middle-income communities?
Q3. How would you address the displacement of low-income communities and communities of color due to gentrification?
Q4. How would you support the growing number of renters in our community?
Q5. How would you create a welcoming and supportive community for immigrants and their families?
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Kristopher Dahir (Incumbent)
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A1. 1) I want to continue to help us lead in a clear and unified manner. This is as a city and a region. This may not seem like a priority compared to infrastructure, construction, budgeting or other city needs but I believe it makes a huge difference in all things we do.
2) Finding a way to fix our property tax situation. This affects everything from schools, to homelessness, to roads and first responder needs. It must be visited and at minimum, a floor placed on the tax structure in place.
A2. 1) I support finances to be in place in order to build affordable housing. I strongly believe having more housing that has stabilized rents will help the whole housing situation. Local funding is difficult as until we fix our property tax we cannot do much but stay afloat as a city. So, all funding that can help this situation comes from state or federal funding.
2) I will continue to work with our state legislators to keep our housing costs low. It seems that at the legislator level we keep making decisions that actually are raising the cost of building and in turn translates to a higher cost for renters or buyers.
A3. 1) I am comfortable with having clear incentives and strong language that honors those who are currently living in those areas. I see my responsibility as a city servant to help those in need and give them tools for them to take steps to health and wholeness. This is a conversation we can continue having as a region.
2) I also believe in education. It would be great to be involved in the communities that are low-income and give them opportunities to grow and learn.
A4. 1) I will continue to communicate and connect. What I mean by this is to help people know their options. If they want to purchase a home- there is help. If they want to learn how to handle their finances- there are resources. For a time, my wife and lived in a rental situation because we were recovering from great loss in the last recession. There are steps people can take if they want to become a home owner.
2) I also like the idea for our seniors to encourage landlords to do longer leases. This gives our senior community better stability and lass fear of the constant change.
A5. This conversation always begins with an agreement on value. We must value our fellow human beings. Once we understand this then the answers are available. I want to help make sure there is a clear road for immigrants to become citizens.
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