Rifle City Council candidate: Sara Brainard
Editor’s note: Last week, The Citizen Telegram presented written responses to three questions posed to all seven Rifle City Council candidates. Sara Brainard did not receive the original email, so her answers are presented here.
Bio info: age, years in Rifle, profession, family members.
Sara Brainard, 35, has lived in Rifle for 12 years. She is a public health nurse for Garfield County and is married to Shaun Brainard.
Why did you decide to run for Rifle City Council and what qualifications do you bring to the position? (Feel free to bring up issues here.)
I have been involved in various city projects and boards, including the Downtown Development & Design Academy, and I sit on the Visitor Improvement Fund Board as well as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. I want to see the city of Rifle stay on the track of being an economically stable and desirable place to live. I feel that by being on City Council, I can be an active voice for the residents of Rifle to continue to move the city in a sensible direction for the future. As a county employee, I bring the understanding of process and sensitivity of spending tax payer’s money.
Do you support or oppose the sales tax measure for the Rifle Recreation and Community Center that is also on the election ballot? Why or why not?
I am in support of the sales tax measure for the Rifle Recreation and Community Center. I am in support because bringing a much-needed facility into the heart of Rifle to promote active living for all age groups is very important for this city. In a recent resident engagement assessment, Rifle citizens have stated that they want a safe place to recreate. Having a sales tax helps us have the funds available to build and maintain this facility. However, I also feel that we need to be mindful that when asking for a sales tax increase, to make sure the Rifle Recreation and Community Center will be sustainable with operating and maintenance costs.
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