Under Republican leadership, county taxes have not been raised in 5 years. Our slate has taken a "no-tax pledge" to continue that.
Increased transparency, accountability, and accessibility with our county government
About 1/2 of the county budget is directed towards human service activity. We believe it is important to have someone on county council that interacts with our more vulnerable populations. As a mom of a special needs child, I can bring that perspective, as well as work to improve communication between government and families.
Delaware County is a great place to live, work, and play; raise a family and retire. I seek to make it stronger through:
* Sustained success
* Continuous improvement
* Positive change
* Fiscal responsibility and accountability for a $355M County budget, plus $300M of Federal and State funding
* Efficiency and effectiveness
* Economic development and revitalization
* Transparency, openness, accessibility
* Public safety
* Community building
to serve the ~565,000 individuals, couples, families, and our most vulnerable; business, government, education, and non-profit; all 49 municipalities of 1 Delco.
The first priority is to keep Delaware County citizens safe. The second priority is to keep taxes low. The third is to increase economic development within the county by revitalizing mature communities, maximizing the waterfront, and bolstering small business development.
www.delcovictory.com includes links to the entire Delaware County Democratic slate for County office in 2019. Reuther4delco.com introduces Christine Reuther and her areas of concern.
1. Invest in critical County infrastructure. We must start with the Emergency Communications system but also reinvest in the County’s aging facilities, upgrade the County’s financial reporting infrastructure and modernize the human resources function so it can replace the one-third of the County workforce that is eligible to retire.
2. Build a proactive Economic Development Office. Delaware County must inventory and promote the County’s assets, collaborate with municipalities to identify compatible industries with sustainable high-paying jobs and then attract and support such businesses.
3. Make our government more accountable and transparent. We should hold meetings at times when working people can attend, post County bid packages, contracts and expenditures on line and adopt a County ethics policy to hold ourselves accountable. See https://www.reuther4delco.com/post/what-kind-of-government-do-we-want-in-delaware-county.
Delaware County has been under single party rule for more than 150 years, which has resulted in a government that is inefficient, unaccountable, unfair and fails to deliver the services that residents pay for. I am proud to be part of a strong slate of three smart, driven and experienced women who are ready to flip this County and reform DelCo’s government. Once in office, my three top priorities will be: (1) reforming the county government and introducing policies to standardize ethics, hiring, bidding and financial reporting to professionalize our practices, (2) increasing our investment and focus on economic development and bringing well-paid jobs to Delaware County, and (3) addressing long-standing needs in our municipalities’ crumbling infrastructure as well as open space and recreational amenities. I will work to transition county government to one that is accountable and transparent, and eliminate the patronage and mismanagement that has resulted from no checks and balances.
If elected to Council, my top three priorities will be workforce and economic development, improving our physical and mental health resources, and government reform. Over the past decades, even as the country as a whole has become more prosperous, communities throughout the nation are hurting. Here in Delaware County, we have seen amazing growth, but we are also facing serious challenges. Our current county government makes inequality worse, not better. Countywide, more than 10% of children live below the poverty line, and economic inequality is on the rise. We need to strengthen job training programs and improve economic resources within Delaware County. Delaware County is the only county in the region without a health department, and we need one. Lastly, our county desperately needs government and ethics reform. Our county already has a lack of resources, and enormous amounts of taxpayer dollars are wasted every year. We need change to start moving Delaware County forward.