Fulton County Commission District 4 would be Kathryn Flowers’ first elected office. She spoke to SaportaReport via email.
Q: What’s your biggest concern for Fulton County Commission District 4?
A: There are several concerns, however an immediate and most pressing issue is creating a fair tax system that does not displace Fulton County residents. As a longtime Fourth Ward resident, values in my neighborhood have soared, and a significant increase in property values without a reduction in the millage rate or the creation of some other tools for adjustments, residents would be displaced.
Q: What could you, as a commissioner, do about that, what are some of your policy ideas?
A: As a commissioner I will work collaboratively with my colleagues and other elected officials to get experts to provide a variety of options to create a fair system that works for all parties. Equally important is carefully examining where tax dollars are spent and making sure monies are used effectively.
Q: In Fulton County, a lot of public services are handled by the cities. What do you see as the role of the county government and of the Commission?
A: While most of our public services are handled by the city, there are still significant responsibilities for the county. We have an opportunity to ensure Grady hospital can become an even greater asset to the community as health insurance is continuing to rise and more than likely more people will be uninsured. Additionally I would like to work with other community stakeholders to create substantive economic opportunities in underserved communities. We must proactively work to reduce recidivism and prevent people from entering the criminal justice system. The cost to incarcerate people is a disservice to society and a drain on tax payers.
Q: What’s something the Fulton County government has gotten right in the last 10 years?
A: I appreciate the county has greatly improved Grady Hospital over the last several years.
Q: Now let’s talk about the other side of the coin: in the last 10 years, what’s something the Fulton County government has gotten wrong or failed to do?
A: The county has failed in maintaining a proper tax digest, and ensuring animal control is effective on the south side of town.
Q: Overall, bottom line, why should people vote for you, what’s your pitch to the voters?
A: I am running as a public servant and not a politician who is committed to ensuring we are thoughtfully providing progressive solutions to the many challenges facing the county as we prepare to double in population. I will proactively work to provide a fair tax system that does not displace residents, ensure county policies provide for affordable housing, partner with community stakeholders to provide substantive economic opportunities for underserved communities and work to provide more services for our senior population. Given almost half of jobs in the country will be eliminated over the next 15 to 20 years it is critically important we are prepared by working aggressively now to ensure job creation.