Candidate view - St. Louis County Board - Jim StauberI am a father of four, city councilor of 12 years, and District 2 resident my entire life. I retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Air National Guard after 25 years and from Gold Cross management in 2010.
By: Jim Stauber, For the Budgeteer News
St. Louis County Board
I am a father of four, city councilor of 12 years, and District 2 resident my entire life. I retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Air National Guard after 25 years and from Gold Cross management in 2010. I’ve taught in the Master of Environmental Health and Safety program at UMD for 27 years. I also teach math and science at WITC. I was president of DEDA for four terms, serve on the Public Utilities Commission, and am a third-term board member of Animal Allies.
On the council, I stand shoulder to shoulder with neighbors on rental, rezoning, parking and eminent domain issues. Pet owners can breathe easier with ordinances I sponsored providing a steady revenue stream for the city shelter, better spay-neuter education and off-leash dog parks. I did not support the implementation of the street light fee, or the increase in water rates or fixed rate for natural gas. I typically oppose raising taxes and adding debt.
If elected, I hope to:
• enhance economic development by using tools such as tax abatement, Community Development Block Grants and supporting Tax Increment Financing.
• improve the timber industry. Minnesota has twice the timber now than when it was first settled. Regulations and fees are strangling our logging industry to the point where it is cheaper to import lumber from Europe.
• ensure open government. Government needs to be candid and transparent. County board and committee meetings need to be scheduled at times and places when the public is best able to attend.
• encourage consolidation of resources between the county and cities. I advocated the merger of the City Assessor’s Office with the county and the creation of the joint Public Safety Facility.
If I can count on your vote, I will make your vote count.