There is more than enough work to be done in moving our county forward into the 21st century. Many citizens voted for change and that is what I have always planned to do. As many of you already know that change is rarely easy and most often difficult.
There are many bright spots on our horizon. Businesses are taking a closer look; and with many of the recent technology changes this will enable us to consolidate further, saving many more tax dollars.
I have heard many say 5th class county. Technically we are a 6th class county. We were kept at the 5th class designation by our state representatives and should we not reverse the tide and bring people here we will be designated a 6th class county.
Is it fair to raise taxes on our residents? Many of our residents cannot afford their medicine or heat.
Is it fair to eliminate positions? Many lost their jobs through no wrong doing of their own.
Is it fair to ask senior citizens to now travel many miles to the nearest action center? I didn't think so, and thankfully we were able to let the other commissioners know our thoughts, and we were able to keep one of the three open. What most don't know is that there were other action centers proposed to be closed.
Is it fair to now ask our police officers to use their 3-4 hours of paid overtime to now transfer their inmates? This policy is the norm throughout the nation. This perk was done by past Commissioners to buy votes from our local law enforcement.
Is it fair to ask other elected officials and department heads to do more?
with less? Absolutely! Why? Because each and every one of you have had to do more with less, due to flat salaries in the private sector over the last 13 years and increasing costs and taxes. Yet the experts say there is no inflation. This was another ruse by elected officials to keep social security solvent. After all what do our retirees spend the majority of their income on? Food and energy? Then why else exclude the "volatile food and energy" from the consumer price index and refuse to give our seniors the cost of living adjustment they desperately need.