Council incumbent seeks third term
April 24, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2012 at 11:24 p.m.
Councilman David Hagan has his eyes on a third term representing the Victoria City Council's District 4.
Hagan has built a reputation for voting to keep the city pocketbook closed since he first ran for office in 2006.
Three elections later, the Miami native said his priorities are still the same: keep the tax rate as low as possible and stand up against unnecessary spending.
"The budget doesn't have to grow every year," Hagan said. "Don't increase the tax burden when incomes are flat."
Hagan, a self-described fiscally-prudent conservative, is paired on the ballot with former councilman and restaurateur Lewis Neitsch.
Hagan said his voting record points out unnecessary spending and sparks discussion on key issues.
Some issues he specifically pointed out include the overpass at Salem Road and Mockingbird Lane, the brick sidewalk project downtown and the price tag for new restrooms at the park on Airline Road.
Hagan said his biggest concern is balancing the city's business-friendly philosophy with being citizen-friendly.
He said some county residents hesitate to move into Victoria because the tax burden is too heavy.
As far as tax abatements for new businesses, Hagan said he has "reservations."
"It's picking winners and losers, and I don't like to do that," he said.
He said he does not support spending money on tax abatements if a company already wanted to set up locally. In his opinion, housing is not an area that needs tax incentives because there is such a demand.
"At times, they (tax incentives) are necessary," he said. "Unfortunately, in order to be competitive, we're sometimes forced to do it."