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TRANSYLVANIA County Board of Commissioners {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The 5-member Board sets the policy for the county, determining the strategic vision for the county, appoints a county manager, attorney and others to serve the county, adopts ordinances, including zoning, and establishes an annual budget, which includes setting the tax rate and calling bond referendums. Commissioners are elected at-large in even-numbered years; all serve staggered 4-year terms.

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    Larry L. Chapman

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    Jason Robert Chappell

  • Teresa K. McCall

  • David H. Siniard

Biographical Information

What is the most important issue the County Commission will have to address in the next term?

What is the most effective role the county commission can play in improving the local schools? What policies or funding will you suggest when elected?

What policies will you proposed to improve the economy of your county?

What policies would you propose to improve the quantity and quality of social services in your county?

Contact Phone (828) 883-2075
email address LChapman0302@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement Ensure Transylvania County is best county in state to live in, work in, raise a successful family in, play in and to eventually retire in.
Due to the recent impact of the virus and the significant impact on reducing citizens incomes, reduced sales tax receipts and expected significant reduction in state dollar allocations to the county for important services, the financial impact on the county will be significant. The challenge will be as to how to continue to provide the excellent services and support our county requires without raising taxes. The county recently implemented a 23% property tax increase due to a passed $68,000,000 school bond that will have significant impact on the counties ability to fund any major capital expenses such as a needed courthouse (new of significantly renovated). We cannot go back to the citizens for additional tax increases and the county will have to learn how to live with our current income for a few years unless there are major improvements in the economic condition of the county. Priorities are for economic development, public safety, EMS/fire services, education and providing needed services to those citizens with verifiable needs. Protecting the environment with reasonable environmental policies along with ensuring personal property rights will also be very important.
Transylvania County has historically been in the top 10% of counties in the state with our local financial support per student to our schools. This needs to continue but there also needs to be established with the local School Board ways to track the effectiveness of these investments. Currently the significant dollars are invested but very little detailed information related to the performance results. Other counties invest fewer dollars and seem to have better results. Working with the School Board we need to ensure the dollars are being spent where they will provide the best results. As the county primarily is involved with capital spending, there will be a strong challenge as how to ensure the remaining 6 schools that are not involved in the school bond (3 schools) funding are also fully maintained. The key to all this will be to develop a closer and detailed working relationship with the School Board and the staff's of both the county and schools. The School Superintendent and County Managers have to have a close working relationship and this has to be supported and required by both the Commissioner and School Board.
Transylvania County established a joint public/private partnership when it established the Transylvania Economic Alliance (TEA) organization. This organization is funded by the county and is tasked with the majority of economic development initiatives. They operate with a Board of Directors providing oversite. They work closely with local businesses to help them expand and grow, reach out and solicit companies to relocate to our county and provide details and assistance to those companies. This organization has had some successes but as with all programs it needs to be reviewed to ensure the investment is providing results. The county has to try to focus on keeping taxes low, reduce onerous regulations and help ensure an educated and prepared workforce. Our policies have to include assurances that we have a safe community (full support for our law enforcement, emergency medical and fire departments). quality school system and a clean environment while providing the necessary services. The county has to find ways to expand water and server services to more of the county if we expect any significant economic growth.
This will be a major challenge and there are numerous unknows at this point. A large portion of social service funds are provided by the state or federal government and at this point we do not know the long term impact especially regarding reduced funding to the counties will be. The primary challenge is to ensure the limited funds we do have are allocated to those citizens with verifiable needs. The majority of these services are dictated and controlled by state or federal requirements and the county has limited options. The county has to ensure we have highly trained and skilled employees and managers who administer the programs. Have to have close working relationships with our state and federal legislators to ensure they know the impact their decisions have on our citizens. The key to solving many social service issues is to have strong economic growth in the county that allows citizens to not require many social services, Our staff has to be professional and service oriented to be able to provide excellent service with the limited resources we have and to establish priorities to identify and help those most needed in our county.
Age (optional) 45
Contact Phone (828) 553-0958
email address jtchappell@comporium.net
Position/philosophy statement Proven Leadership- Provens support for Schools, Law Enforcement, Economic Dev
Expanding our Tax Base is the biggest issue, but has many different layers. We must find ways to expand our tax base so the burden does not continue to fall on our citizens ie property taxes. We need more industrial buildings, jobs etc both small and large to be able to provide services our community needs as well as being able to support our public education, and public safety in our County. We must work to continue to attract and encourage economic development, workforce development in our community.
We can work closer with our Board of Education. We must trust the decision makers and they must trust the revenue stream ie Board of County Commissioners. We must work closely together. As a product of school system, former Board of Education Member, and parent of two school aged kids, I have a vest interest in our school. We must take care of buildings. Ongoing school bond will have two state of the art High Schools and one middle school. The other school buildings are not included in this bond. We need to work together to find a way to take care of those buildings as well as working together regarding technology and the "new classroom" Teaching is very different than it was just a few months ago and we need to make sure technology is in place, and our children have access to the reliable fast internet(this is lacking in our community currently) to be be able to learn and succeed.
We need to make sure we are not regulating ourselves out ot potential economic development. Over 60 % of our property in Transylvania County is in Federal or State Forest Parks etc. We must make sure the remaining property can be available to potential investment in the community. If the existing land is so restricted it is not cost effective to build work here we will not grow our tax base. I will continue to push against over regulation. I will continue to push to rightly fund or public schools. We need to invest in our CTE programs both k12 through college.
We must continue to look a ways of doing business better in Transylvania County. Just because "this is the way it has always been done" doesn't mean it is the best way. We must have the resources in place to make sure we are serving all of our community. We must do a better job of reaching out to all the areas of our community to make sure they have services they need. The quantity and quality of social services also depends on our tax base. If we can expand our tax base citizens will have more of their hard earned money available additional more resources can be placed within our Social Service Programs.
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