Question #3:

Roughly two-thirds of the homes in the Cloudcroft area are owned by people who do not live here full-time and aren’t registered to vote locally. Many others live in nearby communities and work and own businesses in Cloudcroft. These people pay Cloudcroft taxes and support local businesses and services. They are invested in the community and its health. What role, if any, should they have in the governance of Cloudcroft? How would you address this disconnect?

Jim Maynard: “This is a great question. I have witnessed Cloudcroft transition from a dusty little village with limited opportunities to an economic powerhouse of the Sacramento Mountains. It functions as a regional center providing goods and services to many. I encourage all area property owners to be involved. There are many opportunities for participation. Our school district covers most of the mountain. Our electric cooperative serves a wide area. We need volunteers in our fire department and emergency medical services (EMS). The Chamber of Commerce, the library and the art society all need volunteers. Each property owner is encouraged to participate. Look for ways you can help our community move forward.”

Richard Welch: “ There is a state law requiring people live full time in the community that they are running for office. As far as I'm concerned a person who lives here part-time has as much to say on public policy as a full-time resident. I would make it public knowledge that part-time residences are as important as full-time residences. Quality of life in Cloudcroft is important to all who live here part-time or full-time.”

Gail McCoy: “I have met with the hybrids, as they call themselves. They are interested in participating. Town Hall meetings would be perfect to hear their voices. As the Christmas Capital, we will hold events for twelve months, allowing everyone to be involved.”

Craig Turner: “I believe the input of non-resident property owners and individuals who work and own businesses in Cloudcroft, but live in nearby communities, is important in the governance of Cloudcroft. The following are some ideas to address the current disconnect:

1. Representation: Explore opportunities to provide representation for non-resident property owners and individuals who work and own businesses in Cloudcroft. This could involve the creation of advisory boards or committees where their perspectives and interests can be voiced and considered.

2. Communication and Engagement: Implement effective communication strategies to engage non-resident property owners and individuals who work and own businesses in Cloudcroft. This could include regular newsletters, online platforms, or community meetings to keep them informed of local issues, initiatives, and opportunities for involvement.

3. Collaboration: Encourage collaboration and partnerships between full-time residents, non-resident property owners, and individuals who work in Cloudcroft. This can foster a sense of shared responsibility and collective decision-making, ensuring that the interests of all stakeholders are considered.

4. Inclusive Decision-making: Explore mechanisms to involve non-resident property owners and individuals who work and own businesses in Cloudcroft in key decision-making processes. This could involve soliciting their input during public hearings, surveys, or other participatory methods.

5. Taxation and Representation: Evaluate the relationship between taxation and representation in Cloudcroft's governance. Consider whether adjustments in local policies are needed to ensure that those who pay taxes and contribute economically to the community have a fair opportunity to influence local decisions.

6. Community Events and Activities: Organize community events and activities that bring together full-time residents, non-resident property owners, and individuals who work and own businesses in Cloudcroft. This can help foster a sense of community and encourage greater involvement and understanding among all stakeholders.

Ultimately, finding a balance that respects the interests and contributions of both full-time residents and non-resident stakeholders is crucial. Engaging in open dialogue, considering diverse perspectives, and implementing inclusive governance practices can help bridge the disconnect between these groups and ensure effective and representative governance in Cloudcroft.”

Gerald ‘Dusty’ Wiley: “As I already stated, a line on a map does not define who is “from” Cloudcroft. While they may not be able to vote in the local elections, they consider Cloudcroft their home just as much as those within the village.  I look forward to listening to what their concerns and ideas are. I look forward to them coming to my office, stopping me on the street or calling me on the phone. As mayor, I will make my private cell phone publicly known. I want anyone on this mountain to feel like they may call me anytime. Ultimately, it is the voters that I answer to as mayor, but everyone deserves an opinion and a voice. Government at any level is for the people, by the people. I will listen to anyone who wishes to speak to me and do my best to represent the goals and visions of all the residents of Cloudcroft.”

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