Henderson County Board of Commissioners District 5
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 live in districts but are elected county-wide in even-numbered years and serve staggered 4-year terms.
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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?
I am running because I want to help this county continue to be a great place to live and serve the community I live in.
I believe the most important issue that the County Commission will have in the next term is capital improvement projects for the school system. Henderson County school systems have aging structures and infrastructures that will need upgrading to meet current and future needs. Our schools, equipment, etc. are aging. Addressing these will require careful consideration on budgeting and debt management to protect the taxpayer dollars.
The county commission will need to work closely with the county school board to access the needs for the educational system. I would like to see an emphasis on the core curriculum of English, Math, Sciences, History and Civics. Our students need a firm grasp of the basic concepts to succeed in the work force and appreciate the opportunities afforded by the free market system of our representative republic. I would also like to see a continued cooperation with Blue Ridge Community College, to supply an educated work force to the Henderson County economy.
I would propose a reduction in County regulations. A lower regulatory impact will reduce the cost of doing business in Henderson County and allow businesses more freedom. I would also seek to keep the county tax rate low. Compared to other counties in North Carolina, our rate is relatively low. However, I believe that there are always ways to reduce spending and be more budget conscious. If possible, I would like to see the County tax rate be reduced even lower.
I would also work to propose initiatives that will bolster the local economy. This will allow for more stable, higher paying jobs for our citizens.
I would propose to improve the quantity and quality of behavioral health services in the County through a cooperation between our health care providers.. Behavioral health has a large impact on the number of people needing social services. In Henderson County, we have several quality providers of social services. Partnerships between these will allow for more access to and better results from these programs.
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