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It's the inaugural Happytown Political Pop Quiz™! Want to know how much your Orlando mayoral candidates know about running the city? Look no further. Pencils down!


10) I like them all.

11) I think recently the county has had to act like the grown-up. I think that was demonstrated when it took Mayor Jacobs to review the way that Buddy was handling the performing arts center, and she made some very disturbing discoveries. I think it was embarrassing for the city that those occurred.

12) The one in Japan, I can't pronounce it. I've seen some emails about it.

Ken Mulvaney

1) It's 5.2, I think. No, I wouldn't like to raise it.

2) If it's a city tree, then the city should cut it down. … If it's a city tree, you call Parks and Recreation.

3) We have scheduled series A bonds, we have B bonds, we have C bonds. These are all rated on a different level, and, unfortunately, with city bonds, the city took bonds on a lot of city projects when the interest rates were low. Now, the next two or three years as the interest rates go back up again, so does the cost of these bonds.

4) The city has said around $480 million. I believe it was more than that. There was a lot of extra work done. I'm going to guess $550 million to $600 million. My position on the arena and the performing arts center was not that it wasn't a worthwhile investment, but because of the magnitude of the cost, the voters should have had the right to vote.

5) Naturally, everybody likes to see development, but development should bring more jobs and progress. The vacancy rate downtown is about 25 percent. So the bottom line is that we need to fill what we have before we develop anymore.

6) Red is aluminum, blue is for paper.

7) I'm definitely not against feeding the homeless. There's both sides to the coin you have to look at, because some people don't like to see it in the open areas. I don't think it has to be. I think the city should provide at least a better facility to feed these people.

8) What it means is, number one, Craig Ustler got a sweetheart deal – which I would have taken – that you don't have to pay the city for the property until it's developed.

9) No, I wouldn't be in favor of that.

10) I think everybody's different. I'd have to say Mike Cantone. The guy is definitely the best speaker. He is very well informed on a lot of the issues.

11) I think the city should take heed of what the county is doing to the point to that, no matter what city you're in, we're all spending too much money. The county has been more fiscally responsible.

12) No, I can't.

Mike Cantone

1) I would consider raising it, but I don't think it's the first option. I find it troubling that in this kind of crisis that the mayor touts that it hasn't been touched or looked at. (Doesn't know specific millage rate)

2) I'm in politics and I try to go to city hall and it is very difficult to find who you're looking for. This is symbolic of the failure of leadership we've seen for the past 10 years.

3) I think on Fitch's ratings, we range from a B to an AA-plus; On Moody's, we're rated as an AA2, which is an average rating. Also, the outlook's been negative since 2011, so that's not a good sign.

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