My purpose in running for 3rd District Steele Co. Commissioner is to get our taxes back to
a manageable level, to examine the county budget line by line to find ways to save the tax
payer money and to insure our county government is being run as efficiently as possible.
I believe in serious stewardship of our county government leaders for the monies they have
been entrusted with by each taxpayer.
Every resident of Steele County is affected by our tax rates, whether they own property or
not. Unnecessary government spending can result in higher rents for both residential and
commercial tenants. We are facing the possible building of a $12million + highway county
building which will again increase the tax burden on Steele County residents. The question
must be asked-- how much more can the residents of Steele County be asked to shoulder?
There are homeowners who have seen their real estate taxes increase by over 50% just last
year alone. The current county board of commissioners have been perceived as being
disconnected to the residents of our county, especially when approached at county board
meetings when these difficult subjects have been presented to them for specific answers.
We have a vacant nursing home facility which no longer brings in revenue and must still be
maintained. The county detention center is not meeting budget. These are serious issues
which must be dealt with by the board of commissioners. Three of the commissioners are
up for re-election after being on this board for the past 4 years. Two of these
commissioners have been on the board for 8 years. One of the commissioners, Mark Schultz,
who is up for re-election, has been on the board for 10 years. This is the individual whom I
am challenging in this upcoming county election to be held in November at the general election.
In that time, spending has continued to grow at an ever-increasing rate to the point, many
residents of Steele County have indicated to me they are paying real estate tax rates at an
unmanageable level; and it is affecting their family budgets in a serious and alarming way.
I am convinced we can do a much better job of bringing the budget back to a reasonable level
for the people of Steele County if we get a board of commissioners who are more in touch with
how these unreasonable tax rates due to deficit spending are negatively impacting the folks
of Steele County who are being burdened unnecessarily. In point of fact, the bleeding and deficit
spending must be stopped to avoid serious economic consequences for our county.
I believe we need engaged and proactive leaders who are more interested in keeping our
tax rates manageable for our citizens and intent on providing a county budget which is more
accountable, transparent, and easier for the Steele County residents to understand. I will listen
to your concerns; and I will do my best to find solutions & answers as much as possible. Your
vote of confidence is needed to make the much needed changes in our county board. The county
budget needs to be brought in line with what the people of Steele County can afford. Please share
this message with others and we will see you at the general election in November!
"Be more concerned with your character
than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
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