Bettina is a firm supporter of our public safety departments and wants to ensure they have the tools and support they need, physically and emotionally, to perform their job at the highest level. She wants to improve the relationships between the Departments and the communities in which they serve. It is imperative that we connect people and build bridges in order to create the safest environment for our public safety officers and all of Layton’s citizens.
Layton is a huge city, with over 80,000 residents and many communities. As a City and Council, we must be proactive about ways to connect to ALL of Layton's residents, early on in the decision-making process. When citizens are aware of potential changes that could impact their lives and have advance notice to share their concerns, better decisions are made overall and the perception of a lack of transparency is lessened. Open and honest communication fosters better decision-making.
The sustainability of our city requires a multi-pronged approach. As a regional hub, with a small town feel, Layton is positioned to be a powerhouse if we employ smart growth. Smart growth balances our need for mixed density housing (high-density and single family), quality economic development, and necessary infrastructure, all while promoting and implementing resource conservation methods for new and existing developments.
Arts make a huge difference in the lives of children, families and the community. The Arts also bring an added boost to our economy and provide us with the beauty that we see around the city. Layton has the opportunity to support multiple conduits for Art in our city, including: theater, concerts, galleries, ballet, musicals, digital and physical art classes, book readings, and more. Together, let's "Elevate The Arts".
Parks and recreation help keep communities healthy, both physically and mentally. Layton residents should have access to parks within walking distance (.5 mi) of their neighborhood. Layton is also long overdue for a dedicated dog park. Residents have been asking and it would make a great addition to the current offerings in our city.
Tax increases affect all Layton residents, and in these uncertain times, families are stretched more than ever. Tax increases should be few and a last resort, after thorough analysis of the budget and opportunities to maximize other funding resources. Any proposed tax increases should be widely documented and explained to the citizens well in advance of adoption.