NAMPA -- Voters had their voices heard Tuesday, and in many places, they wanted a change of direction. In Nampa, Idaho's second largest city, voters decided they wanted a new mayor.
Mayor-elect Bob Henry beat out incumbent Mayor Tom Dale by just 113 votes, 46 percent to 43 percent.
Henry told us Wednesday that his main message was reducing taxes by reducing the size of government.
When the numbers started to come in Tuesday night, the numbers showed it quickly became a two-man race.
Henry, a first-term city council member, halfway into his term, was running against Tom Dale.
I had my doubts, Henry said. Tom's a popular person, he's a gifted speaker. I think he's well liked in the community.
Henry got a three percentage point lead and held that margin to the victory.
On Wednesday, he sat down with KTVB to talk about his plans. His first item on his to-do list, meet with the three new members of the city council.
I want to sit down with them and tell them, 'Guys, we got our marching orders. The message is loud and clear that we need to do something about taxes around here, Henry said.
He admits changes can't be made overnight, but the plan is to make changes soon. If he's going to cut taxes, he needs to cut expenses.
There's a lot of angst that I'm going to come in there and I'm just going to chop heads, Henry said. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We need to find ways that we can do things more efficiently, and by doing that we can actually reduce the size of government.
He says that doesn't necessarily mean just people.
To be honest with you, I can say openly now because the election is over, we got to look at public safety, Henry said. I love public safety, police and fire are the backbone of what a community is about, but if they take up 100 percent of our property tax dollars and we are serious about saying we need to reduce it, we need to sit down with the police and fire departments and say, 'Guys, we need to look at efficiencies.' And it will start with their contracts.
Henry says the last thing he wants to do is reduce forces, but says they have to put everything on the table.
Bottom line is I was elected to be the mayor, I have a mandate and we're going to do it the way that I feel is important, said Henry. I'm going to get the council on board, but you know what, I think this city, the employees are going to jump on board with this.
Another change Henry wants to make is the city subsidizing the Idaho Center. Currently it gets $1.5 million a year from the city. He says that needs to be brought down.
He also wants to stop all urban renewal projects, with the plan to roll that back into the city council, then use that money to get the city in a position to bring in businesses.
Henry says Mayor Dale called him Tuesday night and left a voicemail.
He hasn't had a chance to call him back, but says he plans to in the next few days to begin talking about the transition, which will take place on January 6th.