My Commitments

Cut Spending, Save Money

In one term, Mayor Humphrey saved the county $1,154,087:

  • Saved $187,967 in three years: cut $32,483 from the Mayor and County building budgets in 2011; cut another $45,259 in 2012, resulting in savings of $77,742 every year.
  • Collected $754,120 in grant funding for the County.
  • Negotiated $150,000 in savings on the Jail water line project.
  • Implemented an Excess Property Sale Plan to sell 36 surplus County properties. First phase resulted in the sale of two properties, bringing in $30,600.
  • In 2011, initiated smart business practices to save over $10,000 ever year.
  • In 2011, contracted with a local firm for landfill sampling and analysis, saving $9500 every year.
  • Secured $3500 funding for Inmate Garden expansion.
  • Strongly opposed the Commissioners’ tax hikes.

Clean House, Small Government

Embrace the Future, Celebrate our Past

  • Advocate for both short-term and long-term planning as opposed to knee-jerk reactions.
  • Believes young professionals and their families need a greater say in County government.
  • Negotiated to make CarterCountyTn.gov interactive. Citizens can now pay property taxes, fines and court fees from the privacy of their homes.
  • Initiated filming and posting of monthly commission meetings online, so citizens can watch at their convenience.
  • Negotiated the installation of a fiber optic network between the courthouse, jail, and annex. Instant data sharing streamlines government operations at ZERO additional cost.
  • Initiated and directed renovation of the Veterans Monument.
  • Helped secure funding for the new animal shelter. Co-developed protocols to improve shelter management.
  • Assisted a corporate relocation to Carter County and worked to secure funding for the expansion of an existing industry’s production facility; these efforts resulted in 100+ new jobs. Note: Carter County Unemployment rate in October 2013 was 8.3% vs. 9.7% in October 2010.
  • Initiated filming and posting of monthly commission meetings online.

Plans for the Future

If re-elected, I aim to:

  • Create a single stream recycling program. This could generate revenues of $500,000 a year – up from $70,000 – and reduce landfill waste by as much as 60%.
  • Initiate elements of infrastructure that are necessary for continued economic development; high speed communications, highways, water and sewer projects.
  • Launch planning for a downtown hotel, so Elizabethton does not lose business conferences and over-night tourists to Johnson City.
  • Establish an Environmental Law Court to enforce litter and zoning ordinances. Right now it can take years to process these violations.
  • Create a Historical Documents Department and Archives, where historical records are preserved, digitally duplicated, and open to the public. Archives would complement Elizabethton’s rich heritage, attract historical tourists and genealogical researchers.
  • Continue to use sound business practices, expand constituent services and work diligently to keep property taxes low.
  • Implement new technologies and systems to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
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Print the voter registration form, complete the form and hand deliver or mail it to: Tracy Harris
Administrator of Elections
Carter County Courthouse
801 E. Elk Avenue
Room 207
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Ph: (423) 542-1822
Fax: (423) 547-1534
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Mayor@CarterCountyTN.gov