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I couldn't agree more!
I know for a fact 'tinstar' isn't the former Sheriff!
It is unfortunate the availabity to listen to the board of county commissioners meetings online isn't taken advantage of by those who are critical of the positions or actions of the board. It's like making a 'decision' without all of the information.
Unfortunately, this is the same ol' rhetoric that has been used against an incumbent for years.
It seems to me that when your tax dollars are being administered fiscally, when solutions have been sought and implemented in an less than desireable economic climate, when there have been no additional COUNTY taxes levied by the current board of commissioners that these are qualities that should be maintained. 'Curve balls' aren't what we need.
You clearly haven't done your homework on your candidates because neither Ms. Blackan or Mr. Spinks possess the qualifications to serve on this board.
It is unfortunate ImJustSayinEmphasis that you apparently live your life based on 'assumptions' rather than facts. If you knew Mike Humphreys, you would know he doesn't write letters to the editor often and he most certainly wouldn't sign a letter he didn't compose.
Of course I am a Dozier supporter because he is clearly the most qualified. The county is in a better financial position than most counties in the state and the nation for that matter, due to fiscally sound decisions.
With all due respect for your service to our country NAMVET50, the county HAS NOT increased the county's portion of the property tax levy for three years.
YOU, Mr. Jones, clearly have been 'misled' by someone because Perry Dozier has served this county with integrity and a conscience over the past four years. By his own admission, there is a steep learning curve but he came into this position with a sound financial and economic background, qualities needed to administer the county.
At the beginning of each year, commissioners are assigned over twenty statutorily mandated committees/boards/task forces/councils/organizations/networks. In addition, they participate, when possible, on numerous advisory boards in an effort to keep abreast of issues relating to a specific department as well as meet with department heads and elected officials on a regular basis. It is physically impossible to attend every single meeting as conflicts arise on a regular basis.
When you speak of a full-time commissioner, how much more full time could a commissioner be than 24/7? "Full Time Commissioner" has been the 'buzz words' of county commissioner campaigns for decades and if YOU, Mr. Jones, were truly informed, you would know your statement isn't true.
Are your candidates qualifications so shallow that you have to attempt to discredit the opposition? Stooping to this level isn't very becoming and frankly, I think people are tired of negative campaigning ~ I know I am!
Unfortunately, Mr. Spinks, you do not know the scope of responsibilities of a county commissioner. Economic development is the responsibility of another elected board; i.e., the Port of Walla Walla.
County commissioners may certainly work in concert with the Port; e.g., make a property more amenable to development, partner as the county did on Highway 12 to make it easier to move products and in many other ways, but the Board of County Commissioners is NOT the lead economic development agency in the county.
The $1.9 million gap is the difference between the 2013 budget proposals by department heads and elected officials and the 2012 approved budgets. The budget process is used to assess the needs of the county and prioritize those needs with the projected revenues. The 'healthy reserve fund' referred to equates to three months of operating funds~not an exorbinant amount of reserves. No contradition!
A solid endorsement for a solid candidate!
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