Commerce – Our coverage of next month's municipal elections for Commerce Mayor and Council Seats 2 and 4 continues this week with Place 4 candidate Bob Monday. Born and raised in Commerce, Monday is a retired businessman, who has previously served on the council.
If elected, he'd like to help better prioritize when and how much money the city spends. Monday's first priority would be the streets in Commerce. He opposes the city's $3 million bond toward street improvements, also to appear on the May 10 ballot. His solution involves putting that money aside, and spending $500,000 on roads every other year. He believes this method will enable the city to improve more streets because it would not require a bond measure that would charge the city interest.
Monday also says it's important for Commerce to continue to retain citizens and produce jobs for those people. He credits the Commerce Industrial Development Association in their efforts to bring more jobs to the city, and notes Legacy Housing alone has helped bring in over 100 jobs. But he feels the city needs to make it more desirable for citizens to stay, meaning there needs to be more jobs available for them.
Monday says he wants his campaign to focus on better prioritizing the way the city spends money. He wants Commerce to hire a new City Manager that can really crunch the numbers and save the city as much money as possible, noting the city's nearly $19 million debt. Monday says money spent will also rely on accurate projections for tax collection and tax growth, and the city needs to re-estimate its figures to have a better idea of where they'll be in the years to come.
You can hear a live broadcast featuring all candidates running for Commerce Mayor and Council Seats 2 and 4 on KETR beginning Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Click the MP3 icon to listen as Place 4 Candidate Bob Monday describes his plan for improving Commerce streets.