Reply|Fri 4/6, 12:54 PM
VOTE FOR AVERY HORTON – REDUCE YOUR TAXES
How did you feel when the commissioners voted to raise their salaries? If elected, I will put my money where my mouth is - I will do the job for half the salary. I am passionate about disaster preparedness, so I will donate every other paycheck to the Emergency Management Department in the Sheriff's Office to be used to help Coos County citizens become better prepared.
When Coos County voters decided against the transient lodging tax, my opponent basically called them stupid:
"The voters didn't know enough about it or the specifics so it's two legs of the same stool," Cribbins said. The World, Nov 3, 2015.
How much longer are you willing to tolerate an arrogant tyrant as your county commissioner?
My focus will be in 3 areas:
- Eliminate waste;
- Reduce bottlenecks;
- Get rid of the deadwood.
Let me tell you how I will vote on matters:
Is it unconstitutional? YES – vote against.
Is it an unnecessary increase in taxes? YES – vote against.
Is it an unnecessary restriction of the citizens' freedom? YES – vote against.
Does it go against commonsense? YES – vote against.
I know how the game is played. I worked for Coos County. Departments make sure they spend all of their money so they can ask for more. NOT ON MY WATCH!!
Many citizens do not trust their government nor their elected officials and for good reason. There has been a continuing violation of trust. Our local, state and federal elected officials have lied, withheld information, broken their promises, engaged in wasteful practices, wasteful purchases and inequitable distributions not to mention favoritism. It is time to stop this behavior on the part of our elected officials. I have been on the receiving end, so I know how it feels.
If there are no consequences for poor performance, then performance does not improve. Under my watch, there will be consequences.
How do you feel when you call the county and get told, “They're in a meeting”? It seems like they are always in a meeting. Have you ever heard, “They are busy working”? Under my watch, time wasting meetings will cease to exist.
Most public meetings are held during the 8 – 5 work day, and for good reason. It would be added expense to have County Counsel and the Recorder work past 5 PM. To give the citizens a chance to be heard, I will try to hold at least one “old fashioned” town hall meeting each month at 7 PM in various locations around the county. These meetings will be informal. Citizens will be allowed to talk for longer than 3 minutes. Citizens will be allowed to applaud. In other words, citizens will be given the chance to be heard and treated with dignity and respect. How does that make you feel?
Our current county commissioners have had years to get the job done but have failed to produce desirable results. They are not going to change. Expecting different results from the same people is insanity. I, for one, do not believe my fellow Coos County citizens, voters and taxpayers are insane. Please prove me right. Vote for Avery Horton, County Commissioner #3!!
Avery T. Horton, Jr.