September 19, 2021

Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England (Photo credit: City of Chubbuck)

Earlier this month, the Pocatello-Chubbuck Observer sent an email interview request to all Chubbuck mayoral candidates.  Mayor Kevin England is running for reelection to the position.  His answers to our questions follow:

  1. What, in your opinion, is the main purpose of government?

To secure the rights of the governed that are endowed to them by their Creator.

  1. How would you ensure that citizens are given the opportunity to be involved in city government decisions?

That is a challenge.  Many opportunities are made available to the people in general to have their voice heard, such as public hearings, open houses, survey’s, and elections, and few participate.  We live in a representative republic where the people elect certain individuals to represent their best interests.  If we are not careful, we can hold an election on all things and then we have become a democracy.

  1. What is your position on the City imposing health-related ordinances such as mask or vaccine mandates?

I believe that governments role is to educate and encourage.  Mandates are an extreme measure and rarely called for.

  1. What is your fiscal policy?  How would you ensure that the taxpayer is getting the best value for his tax dollar, and what steps would you take to reduce spending therefore reducing taxes?

I am a fiscal conservative.  We review expenditures at least twice a month and make sure dollars are being spent appropriately and wisely.  This policy makes it sure that we are not overtaxing.

  1. What is your policy with respect to economic development?

I do not believe in the use of incentives.  Our vibrant, growing community is incentive enough for development to happen here.  TIFF Districts, used appropriately, can be a good tool.  Growth should pay for its self.

  1. What do you believe are the most important issues facing Chubbuck right now, and how would you address them?

One big issue is getting our side of the State represented better.  This year I have been elected as the President of the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC).  That is a big deal for our area and will give us more of a voice in the State.  Next, we are in the middle of taking care of our facilities needs and if we stay the course we can have that in hand in the next couple of years.  Finally, growth is coming and we need to insure that it happens in a way that will bless our community in general.

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