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Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Pittsboro, NC - Pam Stewart, Walter Petty and I have had the honor of serving as County Commissioners since December 2010 and are candidates for reelection. As we talk to friends, neighbors and residents, we hear their frustration with the dysfunctional nature of partisanship.
Fortunately, at the county level we are able to avoid that problem to a large degree. We get to be more connected with our residents than officials in “higher” office. Our cell phone numbers are on the county website and we hold town hall meetings throughout the county. Party affiliation and labels aren’t important locally. Actions and results are what matters.
When we took office, we promised to; increase support for education and safety, maintain and improve environmental protections, make Chatham business friendly, be open and transparent, and not raise property taxes.
The establishment told us that it couldn’t be done. With the help of a great professional staff, I’m proud to say that we are keeping those promises. The State of County highlights several facts you may not know. For instance, did you know that since taking office; job creation is up 270%, annual payroll has increased by 150%, and capital investment by businesses is up 600%? These results are just the beginning!
The report details how priority based budgeting and focusing on core functions have allowed us to increase spending for education and safety without increasing property tax rates or reducing essential services. Working closely with members of the school board has enabled us to meet or exceed their budget requests to include an increase in the local teacher pay supplement.
Based on guidance from our Environmental Advisory Committee we continue to strengthen our water protection rules and urge the general assembly to recognize the need to maintain local control over our environmental regulations.
I encourage everyone to read the report or watch the presentation on-line. You’ll hear about the exciting work going on to attract manufacturing to revitalize Siler City and western Chatham. You’ll hear about an exciting new program with CCCC that will provide an incredible opportunity to every High School student in Chatham. The potential is almost unimaginable.
There are many issues that all of us can agree on. Let’s keep working together and together we can all move forward.
Brian Bock is a Chatham County Commissioner.
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