Open and transparent government
I hold regular public hearings on important issues to help citizens express their views, get true information, and to shape government policy and help decide crucial spending issues. It is important to conduct public business in public, not behind closed doors.
Speaking out against waste
I believe it is important to speak out against government waste. By speaking the truth about how
tax dollars are spent, your public servants help the people make the right choices. Our citizens
have the right to know what the government is doing with their money and to have a say in how
it is spent.
Consolidation, cooperation, seeking lower cost solutions
Using smart public financing, we are able to provide more and better services without increasing property taxes. A good example is the 2016 Public Safety Bond issue I promoted. Voters approved $45 million in AAA bonds to pay for consolidation of operations, a new state-of-the art 911 system, new alert systems in fire stations, and improved county services. This is saving taxpayers millions, and saving lives, all without a property tax rate increase.
We need to build a Juvenile Courthouse and refurbish the Youth Center all on land the county already owns, and to fund it with an AAA bond issue voted on by the people. This is a better, more common sense solution that will save millions.
We need to expand and improve health care services and to fill the critical need for long term
mental health care in Douglas County. We should work to convert all of our Douglas County
owned buildings to economical, environmentally responsible energy systems, which will result
in big savings to our taxpayers. We can finance these projects with AAA bonds voted on by the
people without increasing taxes.