Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Questions & Answers

Sun Valley mayor


Dewayne Briscoe

Age: Not provided.

Occupation: Sun Valley City Council president, retired maxillofacial surgeon.

Government/public service experience: Sun Valley City Council member since 2008; Council president since 2010; vice-chair, Washington State Board of Health; vice-chair Washington State Professional Services Review Organization.

Education: Bachelor of Science, D.D.S. and M.D. from University of Washington, Seattle.

How will your management style benefit the city of Sun Valley, both in internal issues and with outside entities?

As City Council president, my style is collaborative and proven effective in uniting a divided council to ensure fiscal responsibility and no new taxes while externally collaborating with Blaine County and cities at this critical time for Sun Valley's interests.

Do you support an early rewrite of the 2005 comprehensive plan update? Why or why not?

I support a total review and early rewrite that should be headed by a broad-based citizens' steering committee per Idaho statutes and be completed prior to 2015. Sun Valley (Co.'s) application would create piecemeal changes by exception to the comprehensive plan.

Do you support expanding or relocating the airport?

Expanding Friedman is our only viable option—the FAA will not support alternative sites due to cost and environment. Losing commercial air service would be economic suicide. Becoming FAA compliant and obtaining regional jet service are essential.

Do you support taking the 3 percent property tax increase allowed by state law? Why or why not?

In these difficult economic times, the city must lead the way and prove we can live on a balanced budget without raising taxes or tapping into reserves. We can be both fiscally responsible and maintain critical city services and infrastructure.

What is the most pressing issue facing Sun Valley, and how would you deal with it?

Two pressing issues (plus the airport): 1. Sun Valley's brand beauty and quality of life depend on maintaining comprehensive plan open spaces, a truly unique asset. 2. Passing the bond for world-class roads and trails, city communications and fire equipment.

Wayne Willich (incumbent)

Age: 72

Occupation: Sun Valley mayor, aerospace and medical products consultant; retired marketing director at The Boeing Co.

Government/public service experience: Mayor since 2008.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering, Purdue University; Senior Executive Program, MIT.

How will your management style benefit the city of Sun Valley, both in internal issues and with outside entities?

I have demonstrated during my tenure an ability to develop a high-performance team that provides highest quality services to the city. We have worked from the Governor's Office to the local level to effectively represent Sun Valley.

Do you support an early rewrite of the 2005 comprehensive plan update? Why or why not?

One of my highest priorities is to work with the council to appoint a commission to review the entire 2005 comprehensive plan. Events in recent weeks have shown the need for updating the plan to reflect new realities.

Do you support expanding or relocating the airport?

More reliable commercial and private air service is crucial to the economic well-being of the entire valley. I will use my experience in the airplane industry to work on crafting a minimum-impact solution to the problem.

Do you support taking the 3 percent property tax increase allowed by state law? Why or why not?

Action by the county commissioners to increase taxes by 6 percent pre-empted our taking a 3 percent increase. The double burden was too much to ask our taxpayers to bear.

What is the most pressing issue facing Sun Valley, and how would you deal with it?

The single biggest challenge for our city is the economy. I am entirely behind every effort we can expend to promote our area and to lead us as quickly as we can to recovery.




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