Ten Candidates, One Contest
Jeff Hayner is unconvinced. Echoing themes sounded by the mayor's opponents, he says he's running against Briere because "we need a more independent voice on council.
"I'd vote to return city budget to core services," adds the forty-nine-year-old contractor. "If it's necessary to increase police and fire, I'd vote to increase. Basically, I'm for sensible budget priorities." If that sounds like Lumm and Eaton, it's no surprise: Hayner spoke at Lumm's campaign kickoff and campaigned with Eaton during his primary race.
Briere says the biggest issue facing the city is "lack of trust in the government. The question is: is government working for you? And a significant section of the city feels it isn't working for them. If we had a daily newspaper, it would make a huge difference. We'd have shared facts and not shared assertions that pass for truth, like the suggestion for a PILOT [payment in lieu of taxes] program with the university. It's not possible."
Hayner says the city's biggest issues are "neglected roads and infrastructure and the reduction in core services like police and fire. Taxes stay the same, but services have been reduced. There's no Christmas tree pickup and no leaf pickup--or anyway not the way it used to be." To pay for restoring services, Hayner would "reach out to the university. A PILOT program has worked in other cities, and it wouldn't hurt to ask here."