Over the last week, I’ve exchanged a few emails with Hartmann Aue, the new chairman of the County Commission. If I had to describe our conversations in just one word, it would be “Refreshing”. Here is a brief excerpt from one of the emails that Mr. Aue sent to me:
I do believe that a community should offer three things: a quality education, strong infrastructure, and public safety. When we choose not to deliver on a priority that is core in my beliefs it is a major issue.
I am looking for any ideas, solutions, or suggestions on how to approach this problem head on. I seek your advice, and I am willing to listen to any idea that may bring our deputies back. I will be meeting with local officials and members of the Sheriff’s Office later this week to gather information and formulate a plan based on information I may not have previously been privy to.
I am thankful that the New Year brings us a county commission that is willing to listen and work with the people to fix past mistakes. Now it is up to all of us to help. If your input has been ignored by the commission in the past, I would encourage you to reach out once again. If you can’t reach out (for fear of retaliation), drop me a line and I’ll do it for you. You will remain completely anonymous.
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On January 7th the Board of Commissioners met to select a new chairman and select committee chairs. Some GREAT things came out of the meeting. The board chair is Hartmann Aue, and the finance chair is Jeremy Root. In other words, the two most important positions on the board are now controlled by newly elected commissioners!
Let’s hope that the goal of these two is to crack open the budget and make a serious effort to at least partially restore our public safety. There are plenty of smart people in this county who will be willing to help you in this task! There will also be \people within the county who will try to deceive you on certain things: we will help you cut through their web of deception and get down to the facts!
I’ll be reaching out to both Mr. Aue and Mr. Root over the next few days to get their vision for our county. I would encourage all of you to do the same. Click here for commissioner contact info.
As we start off 2015, I’d like you to think about something:
- This year you will pay more in taxes than last year-If you’re like me, you’ve noticed that the State Equalized Value on your home has increased.
- For that extra money, what will you be receiving?
- No county police protection-that’s what!
On the bright side, your money will be spent on better things: like providing our county commissioners with Healthcare, Dental, Vision, and a Retirement. The commissioners didn’t find it necessary to eliminate this, but did find it necessary to eliminate our police protection. I have to ask, what else did they decide not to cut?
In a nutshell, this year you will be paying more and getting less.
This year they will also ask you to raise your taxes even more by approving a public safety millage. Tell the commissioners three things:
- I’m not voting for a public safety millage until your pension/benefits go away.
- I’m not voting for anyone on THIS LIST next election, so your pensions/benefits will go away anyway.
- You need to go through your budget and get rid of all the garbage that THE PEOPLE would not prioritize over police protection.
On January 7th, from 4-5PM the county commission has an Organizational Meeting at the Surbeck building. This is the meeting where they will decide:
- Who the chairman of the board is. (My hope: One of the two new guys.)
- Who the finance committee chairman is. (My hope: Not Plowman.)
- When to have their meetings. (My hope: When working people can actually attend!)
The county has yet to post the contact info for the two new commissioners, but once I will be in contact with them.
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