By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
— During the conference, county officials met with dozens of congressional and House and Senate committee members to deliver the "Why Counties Matter" message and discuss issues, such as preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.
Without special tax-exempt municipal bonds, Kantz said, local taxpayers will pay more for infrastructure upgraddes.
“Our message to Washington was to stop making it more difficult for county government to provide for our communities - work with us,” Kantz said. “They needed to hear us say that despite the slow-recovering economy and revenue challenges affecting all levels of government, counties are mandated by state constitution and federal law to provide essential services, and we do every day.”