Norcross Patch asked the two candidates for Norcross City Council, Craig Newton and Greg McFarland, to answer five questions about themselves and their positions, which we will publish here unedited. Monday and
Patch: In a down economy, how can Norcross keep its budget balanced?
Craig Newton: There are basically only two ways to balance a budget: You either reduce expenses, or you increase income. This is true of personal budgets as well as city budgets. Over the past three years Norcross has tackled balancing a budget with fluctuating sales tax revenues by freezing most empty positions and having existing staff take on more duties. I commend those doing their job above and beyond the call of duty. We also have to continue to follow our detailed purchasing policy. Council and Staff has done this well. We have virtually no debt which is rare in today’s economic environment.
Greg McFarland: The present economy brings forth many challenges that are impacting so many aspects of our local existence. The solution to our challenges requires us to look at the basic motivation of the Constitution in the initial preamble starting with “We the People, in order to form a more perfect union.” The founding ideas for this exercise in governing established “We the people” in groups called states to exercise the rights recognized in the Constitution specifically afforded to the states in the tenth amendment. The local governments in partnership with the state have to actively pursue through creative options "to promote the general welfare."