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October 4, 2013

Council candidate profiles


“We're not in any way, shape, or form going to count how many yard sales people have. If you can't enforce a code, why do we have it?”

4. The city has a parks plan, but hasn't reviewed it recently, LaPoint said. He favors a review of what has been accomplished, what has been set aside and what remains viable.

“I'm not an anti-Legacy person. I thought the consultant thing was taken care of. I'm going to work with anyone, any group, that wants to move the city forward. We have to communicate and we have to have a positive attitude.”

5. The city's budget is the number one responsibility for the council and managing it should be the top priority for anyone elected to the city council. The council needs to find ways to live within the city's income, if possible without raising taxes or cutting services.

“I'm a strong believer that what you bring in is what you have.”


Belinda Smith-Cicarella

1. Smith-Cicarella is an Ottumwa native who moved away, only to return in 2003. She's concerned about the increases in property taxes since she came back.

“We're starting to see a trend of our property taxes going up. Ottumwa is not attractive to taxpayers. Perhaps, instead of complaining, I can help.”

2. Ottumwa has seen some growth in recent years, but Smith-Cicarella thinks the city can do more to encourage new businesses to come to town if it invests in infrastructure to support them. She thinks the rise of technology in business offers opportunities to capture satellite offices for businesses with headquarters elsewhere in Iowa and favors the city's efforts to find grants to help fund infrastructure improvements.

“We saw that with Kohls. It's the old Iowa adage: If you build it, they will come.”

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