Ten Candidates, One Contest
While they'll have room to work on development and the DDA, increasing public safety staff will be tougher. Police officers and firefighters are expensive, and unless they're willing to raise taxes--something Hieftje assiduously avoided--the only ways to find the money is to cut other general fund services. That certainly is possible--but after fourteen years of penny-pinching under Hieftje, it will not be easy.
The mayor himself has no apparent regrets: "I'm already feeling a lot lighter," he emails.
[Originally published in November, 2013.]