We are in the midst of an epidemic: fiscal irresponsibility. The national debt is over 17 trillion dollars and it is escalating at a rapid pace. Each American’s share of this debt is well in excess of $54,000 dollars.
At the county level, our property taxes are increasing each year while services decline. It is projected that property taxes could rise as high as $2.75 (per $100 assessed value) by 2015 – giving Carter County the highest property tax rate in the First Tennessee Development District. Combine this with a depressed residential housing market and businesses and families will pull up stakes to live in counties with lower taxes.
These trends must be reversed.
While serving as your County Mayor, I have witnessed firsthand the old guard continually justify their support of big government. These people are of the belief that government cannot be run like a business. This is unsurprising as their primary focus is on self-interest rather than on the actions that will remedy our financial ills. It is painfully obvious our elected officials have forgotten who they work for: you, the citizens of Carter County, whose tax dollars pay our salaries.
I greatly appreciate the confidence and trust you placed in me in 2010. That year I made a firm commitment to the citizens of Carter County; one of accountability and absolute transparency. My pledge was to base all financial decisions on sound business practices, to reduce wasteful spending, to oppose unnecessary tax increases, and to do everything possible to reduce the size of county government. The record clearly reflects that at no time have I backed down on these critical issues.
I respectfully ask for your consideration in allowing me a second term as Mayor. Rest assured my convictions are stronger than ever. There is an urgent need to continue the positive trends we have started.
Working together we have made, and will continue to make, a difference.
Your suggestions and opinions are welcome. Don’t hesitate to contact me today.