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Oro Valley Candidate Profile: Joe Hornat

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 4:00 am

Oro Valley Town Councilman Joe Hornat feels there are some things that aren’t done yet, in his mind, and is seeking reelection to see those things come to fruition.

“I think we’ve started down a good path with the parks, I think we’ve started down a good path with attracting businesses, I think we’ve started down a good path with some of our annexations,” Hornat said. “I still want to get something going on Innovation Park. I think we are close to doing something there.”

Hornat was elected in 2010, which was his first time serving as an elected official. Prior to being elected, he sat on the planning and zoning board within the town for two years. Hornat, who has a wife of 35 years, four children and seven grandchildren, feels that within the last four years, him and his fellow councilmembers have done some good things with zoning, by bringing the public into the zoning process through neighborhood meetings. He also is proud of the aquatic center, and the transfer of real water to the town, opposed to paper money

“This is the first time that Oro Valley, for four years, has had a continuous majority. And when people don’t have that shift every two years that Oro Valley had before, you start to build up some momentum.

“You may not like everything we’re doing, but at least you know what you are going to get. We’re consistent,” he added

Having his priorities set on fiscal conservancy, parks, and the addition of things for the community such as a community center and the development of Narjana Park and Steam Pump Ranch, Hornat said the town has some developments coming up that “might be very interesting to Oro Valley.”

Citing the developments that are already underway, such as Narjana Park and Steam Pump Ranch, said further progress is contingent upon money. He likes to stick to his belief with being fiscally conservative.

“I don’t like to dip into the savings account unless we don’t have a choice,” he said. “I watch the budget, I like to see that we have good cash flow.”

With keeping a careful eye on the money, Hornat said him and the other councilmembers had to deal with a $3 million deficit early on. They were able to cut it down to $1.5 million. About two year later, the town got out of debt to the point where it had a $1.5 million surplus. That surplus was then spent to bury Tucson Electric Power cables and was also put into some of the parks within the town.

“But it’s all out of cash flow. We’re not going in debt to do it.”

To read more about Joe Hornat’s campaign, go to votejoehornat.com.

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