Positions

Fiscal Responsibility

I view myself as the most financially conservative of the Council.

I will continue this approach as your Mayor. I’m proud to represent Rockville; one of the few AAA rated municipalities in the country. This is the gold standard that I strive for.

I understand that it’s taxpayer money that I have a fiduciary responsibility to protect. I take this responsibility seriously. As Mayor, I will continue to spend taxpayer funds thoughtfully and to benefit the entire community, not just certain areas.

I supported a strong reserve policy of 20% which was approved on a 3-2 vote. This policy ensures that we maintain the City’s financial health.

Picture of 6 Taft Court

6 Taft Court

I have voted to support new debt when there is a clear need like the recent purchase of 6 Taft Court. This purchase will provide an  updated modern facility for our maintenance workers that are on the front lines of providing Rockville with exceptional services every day.

I have voted not to raise the City’s tax rate in each of my years on the Council. I don’t support new taxes for our residents and as your Mayor I will do my utmost best to ensure the tax rate will not increase.

Adequate Public Facility Ordinance (APFO)

We need to continue to use our standards and codes to control the worst aspects of development and redevelopment. We also need to use these standards in a positive way for things that we want to happen for our children’s future.

Rockville Economic Development Inc (REDI)

I support Economic Development for Rockville because this means jobs and homes. It also means Rockville can maintain superior services without raising tax rates.

Rockville’s Seniors

I served on Rockville’s Senior Citizen’s Commission for 6 years and led the commission as chair through the conception and launch of a computer lab for our seniors, among other initiatives. I will maintain my commitment to providing the best facilities and programs for our seniors we can afford and to making sure they have access to all the City has to offer. Investment in seniors is an investment in us all.

Rockville’s Neighborhoods

Protecting and Improving the quality of neighborhoods is another core value for me. I’ve volunteered my time and services in Rockville for the last 26 years, and as councilmember, I have worked to bridge the gap between your neighborhoods and City Hall.

Virginia’s Independence

You can also count on my independence. I am not controlled by any group, party, or specific community mission.

I value my independence because in the end, being tied to ANY special interest group would affect my ability to lead and make decisions on behalf of the Citizens of Rockville.

Finally, I value citizen access. You talk, I listen. Let’s talk about what’s on your mind.


 

Authorized by Friends of Virginia Onley, George Franklin treasurer.