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Kramer says he'll be a 'watchdog'

February 03, 2001

Karen S. Kim

BURBANK -- Councilman Bob Kramer asked for an audit of the

Metropolitan Water District in 1996, resulting in a refund of $700,000 to

the city of Burbank.

In 1999, Kramer's was the sole vote against the city's budget, because

he felt it included unnecessary rate increases for Burbank residents.

And in 2000, Kramer asked for another audit of the MWD.

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Kramer says that's how he has established a "watchdog" reputation with

Burbank residents.

"I've always tried to look out for the taxpayers' dollars," he said.

"I have a very well-documented history of doing that."

The 53-year-old city councilman has lived in Burbank all his life and

has served on the City Council for the past six years. During those six

years, Kramer was mayor for one term, vice mayor for two terms and has

been a member of the audit finance committee since 1995.

With six years of city service under his belt, Kramer says he's ready

to be Burbank's next city treasurer. Burbank's primary election is Feb.

27.

"I love being on the council, but this is a chance to work full time

instead of part time," Kramer said.

If elected, Kramer says he has big plans for the treasurer's office.

He'd like to offer Burbank residents and other city agencies the

option of using a credit card for all payments made at City Hall and the

Burbank Animal Shelter.

Kramer also would like to make the treasurer's office more accessible

to the public and to other city departments. Although city agencies can

only make payments to the treasurer's office within a two-hour window

each day, Kramer would like to keep the office open for payments all day.

"People already know I'm easily accessible. Everyone in town has my

pager number," Kramer said, adding that he'd like to continue that

accessibility as city treasurer.

Kramer encourages people to continue to contact him with questions on

city issues even if he is elected city treasurer and must resign from the

council.

"You call me with a question, and I'll get back to you with an answer.

I'll promise you that," Kramer said.

Kramer's candidacy has been endorsed by Mayor Bill Wiggins and

Burbank's police and firefighters' unions.

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