ROGER QUIROGA

On the Issues

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Get to know what Roger Quiroga believes are the strengths of our great city, and how he will lead as our next mayor.

ROGER QUIROGA

On the Issues

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Get to know what Roger Quiroga believes are the strengths of our great city, and how he will lead as our next mayor.

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THE ISSUES

What’s Important
to Galveston


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Public Safety

The most important job of a public official is to protect its citizens. It takes the right number of police officers, right amount of police equipment (i.e., vehicles), right amount of police training, and right amount of police presence in our wonderful neighborhoods for citizens to feel safe. I am making all of this a top priority.
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Economic Development

We need to help our businesses succeed and expand while we attract new business to the island. By doing so, we will expand the island’s population while decreasing the tax burden on current residents. I look forward to strongly supporting our Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce in creating a pro-business environment, expanding job opportunities and growing businesses. Economic development was a leading priority of my prior administrations, and we experienced individual and business success through streamlining permitting and keeping Galveston affordable.
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Pro-Business

Business and jobs are essential to a growing tax base and an affordable city. We need to make it more attractive to invest in Galveston, and easier to do business here. I look forward to strongly supporting our Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce in creating a pro-business environment, expanding job opportunities and business growth.

Currently we have multiple business development organizations in city and county government. Each needs to contribute to the success of the island.
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Budgets

Transparency is essential in budgeting. We will make it essential for departments to justify expenditures and headcounts, as well as compare departmental headcounts and expenditures of similarly-sized cities to Galveston.
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Service Fees and Taxes

It is important that government only pass on the true costs of services. Tax dollars should provide solid City services at a reasonable cost to residents. We should give money back to taxpayers wherever possible. Galveston does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending problem. By operating the City more efficiently and not overspending, we can hold, or even decrease, taxes to an amount that is fair.
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Infrastructure

We need to identify the issues and solve the problems concerning flooding as soon as possible. Flooding impacts our traffic flows, safety, and our overall quality of life downtown and in various island neighborhoods.
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Education and Schools

Galveston schools must be shining stars in our City. My belief is that as go the schools, so goes the city. A great education for our future leaders is the result of our ability to attract great teachers and great students to great facilities. To do this, the City should work more closely with the School Board to identify needs and issues and help address them. I will also work with our state representatives in fixing the Robin Hood program that puts Galveston schools at a distinct disadvantage.
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Fair Taxes

I am in strong support of a 2.5 percent annual cap on property tax increases. We need to operate the city more efficiently and not overspend. We need to put money back into taxpayers’ hands where possible. Galveston does not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.
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Park Board and Port of Galveston

Cooperation and mutual respect between the City, Park Board, and Port of Galveston are paramount to the island’s success. We must resist undue City interference and allow the executive directors – both who are doing a great job – to fulfill their missions and lead their teams with appropriate oversight. This is the right path, not micro-managing, to a win-win-win for the City and its residents.

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THE ISSUES

What’s Important
to Galveston


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Public Safety

The most important job of a public official is to protect our citizens. We must have the right number of police officers working our streets so citizens and visitors alike are and feel safe, and this extends to all of our wonderful neighborhoods. It is essential that our police have the necessary equipment they need to provide that safety. Currently we do not have sufficient numbers of police personnel or the necessary equipment for the officers to do their jobs – there are not enough police vehicles, for example. We will rectify this deficiency as a top priority.
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Economic Development

Economic development was a leading priority of my prior administrations and we succeeded. Momentum from those years continues to benefit us in some ways. However, we need to attract even more new business to the island, hopefully increase island population and decrease the tax burden on the current citizens who live on the island. We need to make Galveston more affordable, streamline the permitting process, and do away with the headaches, nightmares and uncertainties associated with doing business in Galveston.
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Pro-Business

Business and jobs are essential to a growing tax base and an affordable city. We need to make it more attractive to invest in Galveston, and easier to do business here. I look forward to strongly supporting our Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce in creating a pro-business environment, expanding job opportunities and business growth.

Currently we have multiple business development organizations in city and county government. Each needs to contribute to the success of the island.
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Budgets

It is vitally important that all elements of the entire city budget be completely transparent. Your tax dollars need to provide solid city services at reasonable expense but nothing more. We need to review whether the city has more employees than required by cities of a comparable size to Galveston.
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Excessive Fees and Overspending

It is important that government only pass on the true costs of services.
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Infrastructure – Roads, Water, Sewer

Although a lot of work has been done, that alone is not solving severe problems with flooding in downtown and the various island neighborhoods. We need to get to the root causes and solve these issues as soon as possible.
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Education and Schools

My belief is, as goes the schools so goes the city. The perception of a city’s schools, the actual state of education provided, and the adequacy of a school district’s facilities, are essential to the quality of a city’s life and its growth potential. The city needs to work more closely with the school board. I’m proposing a new level of involvement between city and school board, and specifically, regular meetings at least every six months to identify and address problems. We have to make our schools the shining star of the city. While we can’t have a short term fix for the Robin Hood program, we need to support our state representatives in fixing this unfair program that puts Galveston at a distinct disadvantage.
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Fair Taxes

I am in strong support of a 2.5 percent annual cap on property tax increases. We need to operate the city more efficiently and not overspend. We need to put money back into taxpayers’ hands where possible. Galveston does not have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem.
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Park Board and Port of Galveston

As a business person I do not believe in micro-managing and want the executive directors of both organizations to be their real leaders. Both are doing a good job. We should stay out of their way while monitoring and supporting how they conduct business and operate city owned properties. We must resist undue city interference in park or wharves business and let the executive directors do their jobs with appropriate oversight.

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