Munn’s a fiscal watchdog

By From page B7 | June 01, 2014

In all organizations, associations, councils and governments, there is an underlined concept: “Follow the money!” If all fails, check and recheck the way money is used by these entities.

John Munn has spent hours, days, weeks, months researching many issues to reach a point that he feels is the right path to fiscal responsibility of many issues. His volunteer work on projects that affect all of us, even though he is not paid for it, shows his desire to bring all of the questions and answers that need our attention.

As a Davis school board member, John worked on a team that turned a district that was headed for a deficit to a healthy reserve in four years. In 1999, voters passed a school construction bond that was half as large as one that failed in 1997. The result was twice as much was done than was expected. The taxpayers saved $50 million by taking advantage of state funds, and some innovative financing that also resulted in interest savings. During this time, the district was able to build two new elementary schools and a new junior high school, and modernize of most of the schools in the district.

When the State Board of Education created new statewide standards, the team of board members made sure that standards were adapted to fit the needs of Davis schools that substantially increased the rigor of class work.

John is a stickler for analyzing budgets and not just looking at final budgets. He will look into the “why” and examine both revenue and spending — examine restrictions on use, how much is available for different uses, what types of and amounts of revenue are available for particular projects and services, etc., and then start making choices about how and at what rate the city can pay for long-term needs.

John will work for fiscal sustainability so that we can all afford to live in Davis. Vote for John as our fiscal watchdog!

Bob Gonzalez

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