A challenger for Mayor Dan Pope, Stephen Sanders, says the city should be stashing away more money for tough times. He held a Q-and-A at Picoso's Thursday evening.
Sanders says he supports lowering property taxes and maintaining a conservative budget. But when it comes to COVID-19 relief, he says the city hasn't done enough for its people.
Sanders said the city should have a separate fund of about $200,000 it could use to pay down small loans.
"What we can do is if we need to go in on some debt, the banks will trust us to be able to get funding that we need to take care of our citizens," Sanders said. "If we do have to cut something, that could be a service that goes to our citizens, and we do not want to do that, and we will not do that."
Sanders said this does not include long-term debt for city spending, like unnecessary fleet upgrades on rolling debt. He also said he wants to lower the city's property tax rate, to help families save money during the pandemic.