Address: 300 Strecker Lane, Marietta.
Occupation: CEO of Finish Line Computers.
Past offices held: None.
1.Commissioners have been asked to devote more of the one percent sales tax funds to road and bridge maintenance. Should more money be given for this purpose?
In passing the permissive sales tax resolution, the commissioners in 1983 decided to collect funds for the townships to use for roads and bridges. A majority of the funds were to be earmarked for the townships while a minuscule portion was for the county's use. Gradually and incrementally, the county has usurped nearly all of the townships' funds and gifted them to the general fund in violation of the tax's original intent. The townships are hurting and need their funds restored.
2.What's the best way to move forward with the development of adequate sewage treatment facilities in the county without burdening homeowners or violating their rights?
For systems that the county was responsible for over the years the upgrade was probably necessary. But it is still to be determined accurately that we do not have adequate sewage treatment throughout the county on unsewered individual households. Local septic problems should be dealt with by County Health Department and those out of compliance should be required to brought into compliance without the entire community to be subject to such draconian measures.
3. What steps need to be taken to protect the area during the oil and gas boom and to ensure the best economic benefit? What should the commissioners' role in this be?
To keep this industry in Washington County, we are really talking about attracting and enticing people to make their lives and livelihoods in our county. This is no different from enticing any newcomer to move to Washington County. We must maintain and continue to improve our infrastructure, train our population for jobs in the oil and gas industry and related fields, prepare our population for an expansion of commerce as a result of the oil and gas boom, create a business environment that is conducive to success, have faith in the county health department to ensure the safety of all citizens as it relates to drilling in the area, and continue to showcase Washington County as the most attractive place to establish a business and raise a family. We already have the tools. We must take advantage of our resources and outshine our neighbors in order to keep the oil and gas industry in our county.