Local government has perhaps the most direct impact on our lives, yet it is the level of government most people ignore. Turnout for municipal elections is generally abysmal.
On the other hand, it is probably where libertarians can have the most impact, whether or not they actually run for office. The John Locke Foundation just published a checklist “Crucial Questions: A Checklist for City Council Candidates and Citizens.” It has some zingers … especially for libertarians. The questions are short, direct and can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” although it is doubtful any politician would be so bold. Here are a few:
- Are supporters of new taxes or tax increases required to prove that they need them.
- Does the city reject the use of targeted incentives and eminent domain to attract businesses?
- Do land use and zoning regulations minimize detailed regulatory control and maximize market trends?
- Does the city require a vote of the residents in any area the city intends to annex?
It’s a great tool to use when attending a candidate forum. I intend to try a few of these out in Cary.