Lyn Hellegaard is a write-in candidate for mayor of Missoula. She is aware of the need to protect single-family neighborhoods from unwanted overcrowding and she has the ability and experience to protect Missoula citizens from extravagant sewer fees, construction and business fees and exorbitant taxes.
Hellegaard served on the City Council for four years and could not support with a clear conscience one city budget. She fought to view the city checkbook and open it to the public. She fought Title 20, which was an affront to family neighborhoods.
If Mayor John Engen remains in office he will continue to try to overcrowd the city, increase bus transportation (the proposed bus levy), discourage car use (potholes and new gas taxes). Engen does not placate his constituents, but rather uses constituents to placate special interests. Do the citizens want their city government to own and manage the water company?
Engen and his rubber-stamp councilors do not acknowledge the Laffer Curve, which Hellegaard would abide by, as do thousands of well-run city and state governments throughout the U.S. The Laffer Curve describes a sweet spot where the government gets the most money and the citizens pay the least. Sadly, Engen believes that by overburdening his constituents with taxes and fees that the city will have more money. That has not happened. The city always wants money for special interests. Two years ago the city proposed a new tax on gasoline to grab more money, but to impose such a tax Missoula County Commissioners would have had to support it. They refused.
Hellegaard is the person to beat Engen and to give Missoula hope.
Jeanette Zentgraf, Lolo