Better services means getting the responsiveness and quality of city services that match the tax and water rates we pay as city residents.
Here in the city we pay higher taxes than the surrounding counties, but the city can’t issue building permits, keep track of elevator inspections, and it takes 6 months to replace a broken trashcan.
Frankly, we deserve better.
To get City Hall working for the people, Richmond needs a financial watchdog as mayor to go in and figure out where our money is going.
The last 4 years the policy has been to raise taxes but cut services. Even after COVID-19 revenue adjustments, the current budget is almost $80 million more than when Mayor Stoney took office. What are we getting in return?
Graduation rates are down, murder rates are up, and they cut the free leaf collection.
I have personally found overtime abuse, travel expense abuse, and where the city was filing its annual financial reports incorrectly.
We must end the favoritism in hiring, make sure all of the laws are followed in obtaining city contracts, and internal audits need to actually lead to tangible action.
I am not a politician. I am a business attorney with an accounting background. That makes me the right person to establish a new standard of fiscal responsibility and level of service in the City of Richmond.
The city needs to provide better services for residents because that is what we deserve.
It is time to end business-as-usual in Richmond.
We must end the favoritism in hiring, make sure all of the laws are followed in obtaining city contracts, and internal audits need to actually lead to tangible action.Justin Griffin