June 29, 2016

Partly cloudy


Going for vacated seat

Two Republicans and one Democrat are vying for Sharon Ray’s seat on the Medina County Board of Commissioners. Ray, a Republican, announced last year she would not seek a third, four year term.Republicans AdamFriedrick, 43, and Kathryn Truman, 40, are competing to face unopposed Democrat William Lamb, 58, of Medina, in November.

What are the biggest issues facing Medina County?
A. Learning to live within our means. Making good, information based, nonpolitical decisions on where to make budget reductions. Ensuring Medina County remains a safe place to live and work.
B. Jobs and the economy. What can Medina County do to attract business to our county and to facilitate the growth of the private sector where jobs are created?
Truman: Working within the anticipated revenues.

How would you address Medina County’s budget crunch?
Since taxpayers and businesses are overburdened with taxes, budget reductions are necessary. Where to make those reductions must be approached from the viewpoint of running a business.
A. Look for areas of waste and eliminate them.
B. Government is responsible for public safety and infrastructure. The business world calls these “core competencies.” All areas need to be examined but these areas should be the last touched.
C. Give services better run by the private sector back to the private sector.
Truman: In-depth analysis of departmental expenses and continue the objective of the Medina County Planning and Permitting Task Force to facilitate economic development.

What projects should the county tackle in the next four years?
The county should work closely with business leaders who will facilitate job growth by creating new or expanding business. Obstacles such as adverse tax structures and regulations should be closely examined. Like any household or business, “projects” are often reserved for times with fewer budgetary restrictions. Again, infrastructure and public safety should be a priority.
Truman: The projects the county “should” tackle in the next four years are the same projects the county “must” tackle as revenues will likely continue to decline. Therefore, top priorities are creating an environment that is attractive to businesses and retaining current service levels and quality with increasingly less funds.

—Maria Kacik