Connie Tackett

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Question 1: 

Many communities around Georgetown offer curbside recycling services to residents, which prevents waste from ending up in costly landfills and can generate money for cities when they operate at scale. The Georgetown City Council has considered expanding recycling to include curbside recycling, but the idea stalled over concerns about up-front costs. What is your strategy to implement curbside recycling to the city of Georgetown?

The city is in the process of having a consultant look into our public works department which does include curbside recycling. My hope is that it will strongly suggest curbside recycling and have the city a strong strategic outline of how we can get started.

Question 2: 

Currently people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) lack protection from discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodation under state or federal law. Eight cities in Kentucky have passed their own expanded human rights ordinance, often to referred to as a Fairness Ordinance, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ individuals. Regionally this has included cities such as Frankfort, Lexington, and Midway. Do you support a fairness ordinance in Georgetown to protect LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination?

No.  I believe in the human race, and all are created equal.  If a person qualifies for what they are applying for, they should be treated equally and fairly regardless of their sexual orientation.

Question 3: 

Which elements of the Georgetown-Scott County Comprehensive Plan are you most committed to? Why?

Controlled and managed growth.  We can't stop growing or we will become stagnate.  We need to keep our momentum going.  Stopping growth would only create a heavy burden of trying to start it up again.  As we continue to manage our growth we will continue to add roads, infrastructure, Police, Fire and EMS.

Question 4: 

What steps will you take to encourage and ensure health, stability, and well-being for low income residents of Georgetown, especially when it comes to affordable housing?

I will continue to support federal grants for low income residents but also encourage trade school to bring them out of low income and help them become more self-sufficient.

Question 5: 

Georgetown is one of the fastest growing cities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and many residents have difficulty finding ways around town for needed services, including work, doctors visits, and more. Do you think it is time for the city to explore public transit opportunities to provide alternative means of transportation in and around the city, especially as we have seen other cities in central Kentucky do so in recent years?

Public transportation has been explored and for our size of city is not quite at the place to support it financially, however a private person may be able to make it happen more inexpensively. This specific idea is being looked at now.  It could very well be in our City's near future.