Election Guide 2016: Charles Forrest Q&A
October 16, 2016
Bio: I moved to Hayden three years ago with my wife, Sammi, and our son Eddie. I live and work in Hayden, and my son is in the second grade at Hayden Elementary.
Q. As a town council member, what would be your top three priorities?
A. Top three priorities would be: balanced budget; safe and family-friendly community; and responsible economic growth.
Q. The town is forecast to run through its savings by the end of 2017. Do you support asking voters to pay more taxes? Why or why not? Please explain.
A. I do support asking the voters to pay more taxes because they (myself included) are the ones paying the taxes and benefiting from the services that are paid for with tax dollars. Asking the voters to decide is an important part of our democratic process that drives community engagement. I personally do not want my taxes to go up, but it is not just about me, it is a decision that impacts the whole community of Hayden and should be decided by the community.
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Q. As a town council member, what would you do to encourage economic development?
A. I haven't been a council member long enough to give a good response. So far. I have supported interested parties whose proposals meet current Hayden Town Code.
Q. What do you think are the town’s strengths?
A.Right now the small size of Hayden is its biggest strength. From the small class size in the schools to its close-knit community that supports and encourages its members.
Q. What do you think are the town’s weaknesses, and what would you do to address those?
A. The town's weakness could also be considered its strength. Hayden's small size also prevents it from having a strong sustaining economic leg to stand on. Hayden needs to grow and encourage business to set up shop here to employ residents who would in turn purchase homes here.