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Saline County Commissioner, Dist 3

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  • Marvin A Kohout
    (Dem)

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    Gary Veprovsky
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

If elected, what are your priorities for economic development in your county?

If elected, what would be your three highest priorities in an extreme weather event?

If elected, what would you consider to be your top three priorities? Please detail.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

Occupation County Commissioner/farmer
Education Graduated from Dorchester Public School; Graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BS in Business Administration
Current Public Office, dates held Saline County Commissioner--January 2005-present
Past Public Office, dates held Dorchester Board of Education--January 1993-2005
Military experience NA
Volunteer experience Saline Center Lodge #389; Dorchester Little Kids Wrestling
Address 1214 State Highway 15, Dorchester, NE 68343
Marital Status Married to Lorraine for 47 years
Age 67
Website http://NA
Facebook http://NA
Twitter @NA
Saline County needs to have a wider cross section of businesses located within the county. We need to increase the number and unique types of agricultural diversity in business opportunities (farming, livestock, organic opportunities, etc.) We need to encourage industrial and commercial businesses to move to Saline County. We could use more small businesses located within the county. The more diversity we have within the county, the better we will be able withstand economic downturns, the corona virus pandemic, and other disasters including weather related.
One of my biggest concerns would be making sure the residents of the county are safe where they are at and that the county has the necessary equipment available locally to react to the weather event. We also have drones available to assist emergency rescue personnel to do their jobs in extreme weather events if necessary.
One of top priorities would be to make sure we have a good road infrastructure. In order to have farmers farm, they need to have good roads to market their grain and livestock. The rural road structure would also need to allow for school buses, mail carriers, delivery trucks, personal vehicles and others to traverse the roads in a safe manner. Another priority would be to recruit a wide variety of businesses to locate within the county (see economic question answer above). Lastly, with property taxes paying the brunt of the load for schools, city, village and county activities, we need to lobby our legislature to get that 3 legged stool more in balance. We need to continue the fiscal restraint in determining which requests are "needs" and which are "wants" when balancing the county budget.
As county decisions are getting harder and harder to make considering all of the circumstances before voting, you need someone with experience in budgeting, personnel, understanding the function of each county office, having a thick skin, working with the other elected and appointed officials and communicating with the county employees. I have successfully experienced all of the above and I would be most appreciative of continuing my efforts to better Saline County for everyone.
Occupation Lifelong livestock and grain producer, Dad and Grandpa
Education Graduate of Dorchester High School
Current Public Office, dates held None
Past Public Office, dates held None
Military experience None
Volunteer experience N/A
Address 847 County Road 1500 Dorchester, NE 68343
Marital Status Married 33 years to wife - Penny
Age 56
In a small county there are not many local funds available for economic development. For small business development, my best answer at this time, is to apply with Department of Economic Development, or other government grants. My personal opinion is an ag based county, such as Saline, needs to develop ag based industry to utilize the products we currently produce here.
1. I think it is extremely important we are maintaining our 911 systems before an extreme weather event so that all services are fully functional during the event, meaning equipment must be kept up-to-date and upgrades are being done routinely. 2. Keep citizens informed through coordination between emergency management officials and the general public. 3. Necessary maintenance and quick repair of county roadways so emergency and power company personnel can reach effected areas and bring in necessary assistance.

1. Listen fairly to citizens comments and suggestions - each citizen deserves unbias representation. 2. Property tax relief for all citizens - by common sense spending to try and hold the county levy to a minimum. 3. Commissioner meetings need to be conducted in a manner that follows state statues and regulations.

“If you aren’t part of the solution, you may be part of the problem,” is what a well respected educator once told me. After attending many board meetings in the past year, it is clear to me we need new energy channeled towards seeking focused solutions for our county, people, and businesses. I strongly believe that any proposed projects need to be in the citizen's best interest, not just financially, but also in terms of health, well-being, and also be considerate of our future generations. All county projects need reviewed to appropriately determine impact on ALL citizens instead of just the “here and now” or instant gratification. Moving forward, I think it is important that leadership must constantly look to the bigger picture and greater good of our counties current and future circumstances to avoid such injustices. My candidacy for commissioner is based on the idea of how to better our county for now and in the future based on the foundations created by generations before us.