On the issues
Golden Valley MN lacks a vital downtown, and commercial areas are sitting vacant. Maurice supports planning for a downtown we can be proud of, one that welcomes and supports small businesses. As Maurice knows from his work in economic development, attracting new business can enhance the tax base, and reduce the tax burden on home owners. Cities that will thrive in the future are cities that foster a sense of place and build community,. It's time for a connected, walk-able, attractive downtown.
The Bottineau Line project has been stalled for too long, it is an essential part of our future. Maurice believes in moving the project forward by collaborating with other cities along Bottineau line to show support for the project on the state and federal levels. This will help secure funding for the line.
We need a variety of creative, accessible and affording housing options in Golden Valley – not just large apartment complexes or single-family homes. Other communities are modernizing their zoning codes to find sustainable, efficient housing options that allow older residents to age in place, and new, younger residents to be able to join the home owning community. These communities are exploring mother-in-law apartments, housing centered around community garden spaces, even "tiny homes" to create affordable, sustainable housing options. It's time to look forward to bring more housing options to Golden Valley that complement the character of the neighborhoods.
Having a sustainable commercial base is vital to Golden Valley. Maurice will work to ensure that small businesses can start and grow here. He'll also work hard to ensure long-time employers stay in Golden Valley.
Golden Valley has done a good job working on reducing its debt under current leadership. We need to continue on this path, and also look at improving efficiencies. Although property taxes pay for the services we all value, younger people and others are being priced out by these tax increases, and we need to proceed with caution and careful scrutiny. Tax burden can be adjusted if economic development and new business partnerships are pursued strategically.
Maurice believes green spaces are essential for the health of our community, as well as our environment, and is strongly committed to sustainability and green practices as the city moves forward. Golden Valley has many avenues toward improving its impact on the environment, everything from hosting zero-waste events to creating more pollinator-friendly zones. And of course, protecting the green spaces that we all enjoy!
Transparency & Accessibility
Increasing demands on our infrastructure are creating a reactive mode of governing and living in Golden Valley. While the city rushes to keep up with demand, residents are being left out of decision making which impacts their lives, as well as their financial well-being. Budgeting, understanding where tax dollars go, and creating a meaningful path for community input can all be achieved through better communication and use of technology. This is a key priority for Maurice.
All are Welcome Here
It's time to build a more inclusive community, where all are truly welcome and have a voice in our city government. Maurice will improve transparency, accountability, and accessibility to under-represented and under-served communities in Golden Valley, MN.