Candidates participate in final forum before general election
At the Basehor Community Library’s forum Tuesday night, mayoral candidates Fred Box and David Breuer addressed many of the same issues from the primary candidate forum.
Preparing for growth in Basehor again was theme. Box said his strategy to prepare for new retail would be to hire a city administrator. Breuer said one of the keys to bringing in retail is increasing traffic counts and housing. Both candidates said hiring a new administrator is on the top of their to-do lists once elected.
Box again touched on his opinion that Breuer’s position as mayor is a conflict of interest because Breuer’s brothers own businesses in town.
Breuer said all city work is bid, and whoever has the best price is chosen for the job. Although his family members own businesses in town, they do not get special privileges because of his position, he added.
When asked about their views on transparent government and publishing city expenditures monthly in the newspaper, Box said he’d be willing to publish expenditures and he’d like to hold quarterly town hall meetings.
“This is your city,” he said. “It does not belong to the council. It does not belong to the mayor.”
Breuer said monthly expenditures are available for citizens to view at City Hall, and city staff is available to discuss any citizen’s concerns. If a citizen wants to bring the council’s attention to a concern, Breuer said, he is willing to add them to a meeting agenda.
Monthly expenditures are published monthly on cityofbasehor.org.
Also at the forum were school board candidates Spencer Fritz, Position 6; Shelley Stevens, Position 4; Richard Zamora Jr., Position 5; and City Council candidate Brian Healy. City Council candidate Ty Garver was absent.
All school board and City Council candidates are running unopposed. Fritz is new to the board, replacing Gary Johnson who chose not to seek re-election.