16. For more than two decades, Shreveport's growth has come via annexation rather than immigration. Annexation increases the tax base, but not necessarily the population, and further strains the demand for city services. Will your administration continue an aggressive policy toward annexation... if so, in which areas? If not, why not?
Urban sprawl is a burden on local government and forces our limited resources to the creation of new infrastructure needs rather than maintaining our existing infrastructure. As newer developments encourages our populations to move outside our city, our tax base is decreased thus reducing services to our remaining population.
My plans would be to analyze our city's urban sprawl and implement a smart growth plan. For considerations of future annexations we should look at the revenue and expenses for our services of the annexed property and make sure that these services are not stretched to thin.
2. I would rather increase the tax base by job expansion.