New La Center councilor calls for diverse tax base

first_imgLa Center City Council’s newest member said he supports the current direction of the council, including its recent decision to open lines of communication with the Cowlitz Tribe.Randy Williams has served on the city’s planning commission for two and a half years, acting as the commission chairman since January. He was unanimously selected June 23 for the vacancy left by Councilwoman Barbara Vining, who resigned June 9 to move with her family to Colorado. Williams was sworn in right away and will serve in the position until the next council election in the fall of 2011.Williams said he sees no reason to try to change the current direction of the council, and considers diversifying the city’s tax base as the most important issue in the city. One way to help diversify sources of income is to extend the city limits west to the Interstate 5 junction and develop the area, he said.“Anything to bring jobs to La Center is good,” Williams said.La Center is unusual because of the significant portion of city revenue that comes from local cardrooms. But Williams said he doesn’t believe the city should place all of its eggs in one basket.“That’s a business decision,” he said. “A business would diversify.”Williams, 60, moved to La Center five years ago with his wife of 16 years, Lorraine; twin sons, Sean and Ian; and daughter, Chelsea. Sean and Ian will enter the ninth grade at La Center High School this fall; Chelsea will enter fifth grade at the elementary school.last_img read more