Alan Burton, 60
Appraiser/Life and Health Insurance
Q. What do you see as the biggest issue for the office you are seeking?
A. The real financial condition of the city that ultimately supports the quality of life is the biggest issue. Property taxes were just raised and assessed value declined for the fifth consecutive year. The city commission must address declining net worth and unfunded liabilities, immediately. Earnings plus savings plus investments equals jobs.
Q. What are your qualifications for the office you are seeking?
A. Thirty years of executive local government experience in budget, finance and service provides voters the highest qualification. Ten years with Ormond Beach demonstrated a practical vision for improvements, such as Rockefeller Gardens, the Casements, and the sports complex to name only a few.
Q. If you win, what's the first issue you will tackle?
A. Finances are the first order of business dealing with Ormond Beach's net worth and unfunded liabilities. According to the most recent audit, restricted and unrestricted assets equal $45 million, subtract unfunded liabilities of $39 million; leaves the city of Ormond Beach $6 million from being under water.
Q. If you lose, will you continue in politics?
A. Public service is always a winner. Whether I serve as an elected official, businessman or volunteer; service is central to my life. As a commissioner, I will encourage economic development for all property owners, not just a small number of beneficiaries; thus, insuring everyone a quality of life.