Job descriptionThe Council is the city’s governing body. Term is two years.
DutiesEnacts city laws and ordinances
Determines city policies
Adopts city budget
Appoints city manager to administer city government
Annual salaryUnpaid; reimbursed for official city expenses.
MeetingsMonthly city council meetings; special meetings called as needed.

Who’s Running?

Chuck HubbardFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardforcouncil
Email: hubbardforcouncil@gmail.com
Phone: 817-709-7169
Jan HillFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jan-Hill-for-Watauga-City-Council-Place-7-100198538202934/
Email: wataugahills@charter.net

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Chuck Hubbard
I am a normal Watauga citizen. I have worked, raised my children, and paid my taxes in our city since 2005. I want to bring a representation of all of our people to our council and do everything possible to be accessible and accountable to all of our voters, all of the time. I want to serve our city in a manner all of our people can be proud of, and push for total transparency of all of our city actions and decisions. I also completed the Watauga 101 citizen academy.
Soy un ciudadano Watauga normal. He trabajado, criado a mis hijos y pagado mis impuestos en nuestra ciudad desde 2005. Quiero traer una representación de toda nuestra gente a nuestro consejo y hacer todo lo posible para ser accesible y responsable ante todos nuestros votantes, todos los hora. Quiero servir a nuestra ciudad de una manera de la que toda nuestra gente pueda estar orgullosa e impulsar la transparencia total de todas las acciones y decisiones de nuestra ciudad. También completé la academia ciudadana Watauga 101.
Jan Hill
I have 29 years of municipal government experience.
I have a Master of Public Administration degree.
I have an Associate of Applied Science in Marketing.
I currently serve on four boards or commissions in Watauga.
I have served as a volunteer for Watauga for twenty years.
I believe in fiscal responsibility. I believe we need sustainable economic development in order to keep
property taxes low.
I fully support our Police Department, Fire Department, and all the other departments of our city.
I know it takes a positive attitude and specific goals, not rhetoric, to keep Watauga moving forward.
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Chuck Hubbard
Explore all options to increase voter turnout and engagement. We have to do better as a community to have more voices heard and more accessibility to meetings, council, everything from the bottom up. The only way people feel truly represented is if they feel appreciated and their concerns, even when they are the minority opinion, are encourage and welcomed. We have to inspire the youth to get involved, maybe with a nonprofit partnership and the community center. We need to explore remote public comment during meetings.
Explore todas las opciones para aumentar la participación y el compromiso de los votantes. Tenemos que hacerlo mejor como comunidad para que se escuchen más voces y más accesibilidad a las reuniones, el consejo, todo de abajo hacia arriba. La única forma en que las personas se sienten verdaderamente representadas es si se sienten apreciadas y sus preocupaciones, incluso cuando son la opinión minoritaria, son alentadas y bienvenidas. Tenemos que inspirar a los jóvenes a participar, tal vez con una asociación sin fines de lucro y el centro comunitario. Necesitamos explorar los comentarios públicos remotos durante las reuniones.
Jan Hill
We must have fiscal responsibility.
I support Capital Improvements when funding will not increase our tax rate materially.
I want a new library, police station and an improved animal services building but not until we can afford them.
I want to continue fully funding our Police and Fire services.
I want to find new ways citizens can volunteer without impacting their very busy lives negatively.
I would like to see a local food pantry or community assistance program in our city.
3. THE CURRENT PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING CITY BUDGETS AND SERVICES AND IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF CITY RESIDENTS. HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS THESE ISSUES?
Chuck Hubbard
We have to budget to only use the money we expect from revenue with no increases in tax rate or collection revenue, especially in times as these with such devastating unemployment and foreclosure rates. Any additional spending should be slated until we are clear of this pandemic, Future projects will not be harmed by holding until things improve.
Tenemos que hacer un presupuesto para usar solo el dinero que esperamos de los ingresos sin aumentos en la tasa de impuestos o en los ingresos por recaudación, especialmente en tiempos como estos con tasas de desempleo y ejecuciones hipotecarias tan devastadoras. Cualquier gasto adicional debe programarse hasta que estemos libres de esta pandemia. Los proyectos futuros no se verán perjudicados si se mantienen hasta que las cosas mejoren.
Jan Hill
When revenues decrease, so must expenses. Watauga has already done a great deal to present a balanced budget with extremely conservative revenue projections. Until revenues are back on track, I support continuing with the work our current Council has undertaken.
4. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU FEEL THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AVAILABILITY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Chuck Hubbard
With a very limited avenue for residence growth in our city, council and mayor are limited on their available influence on affordable housing, but we can ensure that rental requirements are maintained to promote inclusiveness and welcome new citizens to our city from all walks of life.
Con una vía muy limitada para el crecimiento de la residencia en nuestra ciudad, el concejo y el alcalde están limitados en su influencia disponible en la vivienda asequible, pero podemos asegurarnos de que se mantengan los requisitos de alquiler para promover la inclusión y dar la bienvenida a nuestra ciudad a nuevos ciudadanos de todos los ámbitos de la vida.
Jan Hill
Watauga is almost completely "built out." Fortunately, our real estate market is good because of the reasonable price of our current home inventory. We do not own any residences that could be made available. Adding other resources, like a food pantry might be a way to offset the expense of housing.
5. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE IN SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES?
Chuck Hubbard
With the decline of bog box retail highly likely in the very near future, our city has to be making every effort to lure small businesses and upstarts to our town. The landscape of commerce will change significantly in the coming years and we have to be ready to change with it.
Dado que es muy probable que el comercio minorista de cajas de pantano se reduzca en un futuro muy cercano, nuestra ciudad tiene que hacer todo lo posible para atraer a las pequeñas empresas y a los recién llegados a nuestra ciudad. El panorama del comercio cambiará significativamente en los próximos años y tenemos que estar preparados para cambiar con él.
Jan Hill
Supporting small business is vital. I am currently a Director on the Watauga Economic Development Corporation. We are working several fronts to assist our local businesses.
6. HOW SHOULD THE CITY COUNCIL ADDRESS ISSUES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND PUBLIC SAFETY, PARTICULARLY REGARDING FUNDING?
Chuck Hubbard
I hold dear in the stance that our public servants, police, fire and public works, have to be supported with all of the tools to make their job as safe as possible, to allow for the very best training on all practices and procedures so that all of our citizens are protected and kept safe while also being respected and treated with fairness.
Aprecio mucho la postura de que nuestros servidores públicos, policía, bomberos y obras públicas deben contar con todas las herramientas para que su trabajo sea lo más seguro posible, para permitir la mejor capacitación en todas las prácticas y procedimientos para que todos nuestros ciudadanos están protegidos y seguros, al mismo tiempo que son respetados y tratados con justicia.
Jan Hill
Full funding of law enforcement is essential to ensure public safety.
7. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Chuck Hubbard
I am running to serve our city for no other reason than to give a voice to each of us, all of us. I want to represent from a genuine perspective that is not part of the status quo. I want to ask your questions, engage the issues and serve you in a manner you can be proud of. What I lack in experience in city governance, I well make up in integrity, honor and my word. I would love to meet with you, speak with you, engage you and your concerns. Please reach out to me as I would love to hear from you.
Me postulo para servir a nuestra ciudad sin otro motivo que dar voz a cada uno de nosotros, a todos. Quiero representar desde una perspectiva genuina que no es parte del status quo. Quiero hacer sus preguntas, abordar los problemas y servirle de una manera de la que pueda estar orgulloso. Lo que me falta de experiencia en el gobierno de la ciudad, lo compensaré con integridad, honor y mi palabra. Me encantaría reunirme contigo, hablar contigo, involucrarme contigo y tus inquietudes. Comuníquese conmigo ya que me encantaría saber de usted.
Jan Hill
Watauga is a great community. I've been a resident of Watauga since 1981. Barring unforeseen circumstances, I plan to live her for the remainder of my life.