Views on Issues

Views ON ISSUES

Tim has and will continue to work diligently to help create jobs, balance the needs of the community while balancing the budget, create efficiencies, and protect our quality of life and the services we need.

Tim’s priorities and accomplishments include:

BRINGING NEW JOBS TO SEDGWICK COUNTY and KEEPING AND EXPANDING THE ONES WE HAVE

Tim has consistently supported efforts that have created new jobs, retained the ones we have and assisted with the expansion of local jobs with existing companies, understanding that we must be able to provide for our children and families.
  • According to the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, the public-private economic development organization that Tim helped to found, we’ve created and retained nearly 11,000 jobs and added over 7,000 additional jobs as the result of expansion of local companies. All this since Tim’s been on the Commission
  • These jobs have resulted in a projected annual payroll of $864.1 million
  • Worked diligently to reinvent, restructure and save Wichita Area Technical College ( WATC )
  • Worked with aviation leaders to create and build the National Center for Aviation Training
  • Furthered workforce development with the Career Pathways project
  • Led the Visioneering alliance on Adult Basic Education

BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY WHILE BALANCING THE BUDGET

Tim’s experience as a respected businessman gives him a unique understanding of financial planning and budgeting. He has consistently supported a balanced budget, allocating tax dollars wisely during times of economic stability and prosperity, but supporting the necessary cutbacks and efficiencies during challenging economic times. 
  • Balanced budget support
  • Insisted on increasing reserve funds to assist with down times
  • Leadership role in creating alternative programs that eliminated the need for a new jail – these programs reduced the jail population and allowed for a reduction in the mill levy
  • Reduced the mill levy three consecutive years
  • Supported cutting $8.5 million from the 2013 budget

CREATING EFFICIENCIES

Tim has consistently supported shared services and intergovernmental agreements that reduce cost and increase effectiveness.
  • Functional consolidation like City of Wichita/Sedgwick County Code Enforcement and Inspection Services
  • Alternative programs like work release, day reporting and Drug Court, which reduced the jail population and eliminated the need to spend tax dollars on a new Sedgwick County Jail
  • Sponsored the Pay for Performance program to realign the pay/employee review system
  • Advocated for the Enterprise Resource Planning (SAP) platform to integrate a business approach to IT
  • Negotiated the streamlining and restructure of EMS with the City of Wichita
  • Advocated for making the Health Department a County-managed entity, creating a stronger, more focused entity
IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE AND PROTECTING VITAL SERVICES

Tim understands that quality of life issues affect each and every one of us. That’s why he’s fought for more investment in our district.
  • Under Tim’s leadership, nearly $53 million has invested in infrastructure in our district since he’s been in office (storm sewer, flood control, bridge replacement and repair, street reconstruction / widening, etc.)
  • He’s directed another $25.3 million that has been programmed for 2012 and beyond in additional district infrastructure improvements
  • Fought for the 47th Street / I-135 corridor improvements that fixed declining infrastructure and has the potential for over $100 million in economic development
  • Actively involved in the Broadway corridor study, the Highway 81/Highway 53 study and the Meridian Corridor study
  • Facilitated meetings on the Focus for the Future initiative in Clearwater
  • Participates in the Delano neighborhood Revisit meetings and the Quad Cities Planning Group (Mulvane, Derby, Haysville and South Wichita)
  • Worked to relocate Sedgwick County Fire Station 34 into a new facility in downtown Haysville
  • Continued support for public health initiatives: health access, health disparities and equity, Graduate medical education
ACTIVELY:
  • Participated in the leadership committee that raised over $7 million to renovate the former Lincoln Elementary into the multi-jurisdictional child advocacy center.
  • As WAMPO chair negotiated the inter-local participation by the county to move the I235 / Kellogg reconstruction to reality.
  • Voted to invest in the new elephant exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo.
  • Instrumental in initiating and funding the mental health pod in the Sedgwick County jail.
  • Voted to build the 911 / Public Safety Center and the new juvenile detention center.
  • Chairs the Health Alliance Social and Economic Factors workgroup.
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