Councilman says he brings 'voice of reason'
April 23, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 22, 2012 at 11:23 p.m.
Incumbent Paul Polasek wants to continue his leadership on the council.
Polasek said he brings "a voice of reason to the council."
"I want our council to be a respected entity that makes good decisions," Polasek said.
He is running for Victoria City Council District 3 against John Hyak, a department manager at Formosa.
Polasek is a lifelong Victoria resident. He was voted to council in 2007, and has served on the planning and parks commissions, the county appraisal district board and other bureaus and advisory panels.
His focus is on balancing the needs of residents: offering the best services while keeping taxes low.
He said the two greatest challenges are anticipating and offering practical solutions to residents' needs, and maintaining a long-term vision for capital improvements: rebuilding Red River Street, completing a new wastewater treatment plant and improving residential streets.
Polasek recently voted to put a small line item back in the budget for sidewalks.
Some of his accomplishments during his term include advocating for transparency and televising council meetings, implementing a recycling and methane gas program, as well as lowering the tax rate to 64.5 cents from 69 cents per $100 evaluation.
"I would love to see us under 60-cents by the end of the decade," Polasek said.
With new economic development in town, he said there is an opportunity to relieve some of the property tax burden and off-set it with sales tax dollars.
The key would then be to push for a larger general fund balance to off-set any fluctuation, he said.
Polasek said he would "be an advocate for economic development," investing in opportunities through incentives, 380-agreements, land or infrastructure such as electric lines.
"Other cities offer options, so we want to be competitive," he said.
He said the Convention and Visitors' Bureau as well as the Victoria Economic Development Corporation and sales tax development need continued support because they bring in quality jobs and opportunities.