Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times Former Red Boiling Springs Mayor Kenneth Hollis served in the position from 2006 through 2011, and also owns and operates multiple local businesses.

Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times

Former Red Boiling Springs Mayor Kenneth Hollis served in the position from 2006 through 2011, and also owns and operates multiple local businesses.

Former Red Boiling Springs Mayor Kenneth Hollis has filed for the upcoming mayoral election and will appear on the ballot.

Hollis previously served as the city's mayor from 2006-2011, and he currently operates multiple local businesses, including Hollis Rentals, Hollis Lumber and Trust and Hollis Towing Mobile Home Movers.

If elected, he hopes to use his experience in city government and business to focus on managing the city budget.

"The town needs some leadership to move forward (because) there are lots of internal problems," Hollis said. "You have to go in and start looking at the budget."

Hollis cited the city's recently-purchased police cars as an example of what kind of expenditures he would cut or avoid.

"Cutting out spending to get finances in order would be the big thing," Hollis said. "In about a year's time they bought a bunch of brand new vehicles. I never did that as mayor."

During his time in office, Hollis paid off several currently-running water lines and bought Red Boiling Springs Gas Utility before its services were terminated due to bankruptcy. The move was meant to save costs by using existing city space and staff.

For Hollis, that previous tenure as mayor and his business involvement are his greatest strengths to offer voters.

Other issues he looks to focus on are growing the city's business climate and repairing the streets.

"Truthfully, there's not a lot you can do to attract business," Hollis said. "We're a small town off the beaten path struggling to survive. I employ some people, but the problem is finding people to work this far from an interstate."

Currently, Hollis sees the Nestle Water plant's former property as the biggest draw for potential businesses.

"I'd like to see something come back into that location," Hollis said. "Maybe we can co-op with Macon County Mayor Steve Jones to do that. They're selling the property at a very affordable price."

Regarding road repair, Hollis said that he would have to consider the city's budget if elected. He noted that money for water or gas is unable to be reallocated.

"If the comptroller's office will let you borrow, you can transfer, but it's not a convenient process," Hollis said. "There's also a water line about to be fixed that will cost around $350,000, so there's incoming expenditures to keep in mind."

Hollis hopes to be able to return to the mayor's office so he can review the city's current budget and figure out a plan for the upcoming years.

"We need to get back to where we've got money in the accounts, and it's time to make some major changes," Hollis said. "I understand city government, how it works and what it takes."