Mike Haggard was sworn in as the newest member of the St. Francis City Council Jan. 7.
Haggard has lived in St. Francis since 2001 and has been employed as an automotive technician for more than 20 years.
When asked why he decided to run for city council, Haggard said that a long time ago somebody told him that if you don’t like the way something is going, “don’t bellyache; do something about it.”
Haggard said he believes St. Francis has a lot of issues, the biggest one being the new police department and public works building. “The city went behind our backs and built it; the people had already voted down spending the money on it,” he said.
“I want to be able to bring stuff to people and let them know what’s going on before it’s too late. We need to cut back spending, not increase it.”
Haggard said he is concerned about the city’s high property taxes.
He said he’d like to see the city find a way to make road improvements that will facilitate new businesses being able to locate and operate within the city.