Tadd Lumm, Zimmerman City Council
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tadd-Lumm-for-Zimmerman-City-Council/ 497684476913328
Family: My wife, Karen
Occupation: Direct Support Professional. I work with developmentally disabled adults in a group home.
Previous civic and community involvement: Involved in local politics as a republican party BPOU precinct chair.
1. What prompted you to run for the Zimmerman City Council?
My love for my town and belief in the importance of local government. I love personal liberty, and I want to help preserve as much liberty as possible for ourselves and for future generations.
2. What makes you qualified to be a member of the City Council?
I have the energy and passion to be informed and involved. I have read the budget, and have attended city council meetings. I have read the constitution, have knowledge of American history and current events. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University
3. What are the top three issues facing the City of Zimmerman?
4. What distinguishes you from your opponents and makes you a better choice for the position?
I have earned the endorsement of the local Republican party. I have been to more city council meetings than the others running except for the incumbent. I have read the budget and I have ideas how we can cut unnecessary spending without impacting the quality of service the city provides, and I will put forward those ideas the first day I am in office.
5. What decisions of the council have you liked, and which ones have you disliked?
I disliked the increase in city water and sewer rates. I would like to see costs cut instead of burdening families when everyone is struggling in this economy. I do believe that the council has done a pretty good job of keeping spending down in general, though I think there is room for improvement.
6. What are your thoughts on the groundswell of support for an auditorium in Zimmerman. What role should the city play in this endeavor. What role would you play in this endeavor.
I have not had many people bring this up as an issue when out in the community talking to people. I do believe that this should be something done through referendum. I believe this is a highly desirable project , but I would not support raising taxes to get an auditorium. The city should provide non-monetary resources it can provide to the school at the school’s direction.
7. What should the city’s role be in improving transportation in the short-term and the long term.
The city should provide safe streets and be sure that there are enough lanes and streets to keep traffic flowing smoothly. Buses are the only efficient means of mass transit. The Northstar light rail is a fiscal disaster, costing tax payers millions of dollars a year.
8. What will your approach be to balancing the city’s budget. Under what conditions would you support a tax increase.
First I want to make the budget more transparent and easy to understand, Second, I want to start cutting. I have already identified two ways to save taxpayers thousands of dollars, but I think there’s more there that I can cut. Zimmerman’s budget would need to grow in order to require a tax increase. I don’t foresee any circumstances that would necessitate a tax increase.
9. What are the needs of the youth in Zimmerman, and what can be done about them?
The youth of Zimmerman need good parents and good schools. Neither of these are under the city’s jurisdiction. That said, we can bring jobs to the city to provide them with work which will help them afford college and help them stay out of trouble. We can do this by making the city the best place in Minnesota to do business. Low taxes and fees, minimal regulations.
10. How would you assess the level of partnership between the City of Zimmerman and and other governmental agencies. Do you see a need for more collaboration, and, if so, where?
I don’t see a great deal of partnership, but I don’t see a great need either. We deserve our fair share of the tax dollars which we send to the state and federal government brought back to us. I would prefer that the state and federal government give us more autonomy, and that our tax dollars never went there in the first place. Keep tax dollars local.
11. What needs to be done to support economic development in the City of Zimmerman?
Stop burdening local businesses with excessive fees and taxes. Make Zimmerman the best city in Minnesota to own a business — economic competition. Recruit employers to Zimmerman and advocate local businesses.
12. What would you like to be able to say about Zimmerman in 10 years that can’t be said now?
Zimmerman is the best city in Minnesota to own or start a business and new homes need to be built because there aren’t enough for sale.