Wednesday Oct 01 2008
Stan Nader wants city to attract businesses
By: Brandon Darnell The News Messenger
Stan Nader is running for a seat on City Council because he is hoping to make Lincoln more attractive to businesses and be able to give back to the community. “It’s clear to me that the city, with its current programs and practices, isn’t business-friendly,” Nader said. To that end, Nader wants to streamline the process for getting a business license, especially for businesses already in existence, and wants to offer incentives for businesses to move to Lincoln. One specific way he hopes to accomplish that is to give reduced leases for the first few months, which he feels would pay off in the long run. “We don’t have the advantage Roseville has of sales tax revenue,” he said. “We always have that slippage of Lincoln residents shopping in Roseville, at places like the Galleria … It’s a challenge for us to compete against Roseville.” With a higher business presence, Nader said, Lincoln would be earn more revenue from sales tax. When the Highway 65 bypass is complete, he added, he believes the area surrounding the airport will become a major business hub and that it will grow rapidly. “I feel the airport is the crown jewel of Lincoln,” he said. Another benefit to the completion of the bypass, Nader said, will be an increase in the prosperity of downtown businesses, since traffic congestion and parking issues won’t steer people away. “We just have to work a little harder and be more efficient,” he said. That shouldn’t be a problem, Nader said, given Lincoln’s strong sense of community, which he feels is the town’s greatest strength. Nader said he has ample experience and his living in or near Lincoln for his whole life ties him to the community. “I love Lincoln,” he said. Nader’s experience in local governance started when he was selected to participate in an agricultural leadership program, which taught people with an agricultural background how to run and operate in civic office. He later followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps by serving on the school board and finally was elected to the City Council. In 1993, after passing an unpopular utility users tax, which added a 5 percent tax on electricity, natural gas, intrastate telephone and cable services, a successful recall effort was launched, finally ousting Nader and three other council members, including the mayor. The tax was only set to run for 30 months, with revisions every six months. Its goal was to recoup $257,000 that Lincoln had lost when the state shifted property tax laws. Nader still defends his position today, pointing out that his choice was to either lay off six police officers or enact the tax, which had exemptions for people with low incomes. “(Voters) can certainly expect a responsive councilman,” Nader said. “I’m an excellent listener. “I don’t just say things because they sound good, I say them because I’m actually going to act on them,” he said.