The city's finances are a hot topic for the two candidates running for Wood Village City Council seats in the November election.

Council President Peggy Minter, who has served on the council for almost nine years, is running unopposed for position 1.

Minter said un-funded mandates handed down by the state and federal governments are particularly troublesome for the city as extra dollars are scarce.

While many of the mandates may benefit Wood Village and its citizens, she said, the city's funds are not unlimited and cuts may need to be made in other areas to pay for these types of mandates.

Mark Clark, who is running unopposed for position 4, agrees that Wood Village's budget is limited at best.

He believes the council's biggest challenge will be figuring out how to get the most out of every dollar the city brings in.

Clark, who serves on the Wood Village Planning Commission and is chairman of the city's Plans and Review Board, believes his knowledge of how the city operates and his background in public works will benefit the council.

Prior to moving to Wood Village, Clark served as the public works director for a city in Texas for 13 years. He hopes to put that experience to use in implementing changes to the city's water and wastewater programs.

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