On the Issues

On the Issues

 POWHATAN FIRST, NOT POLITICS!

Are you tired of party politics? I am. It’s what’s causing the gridlock in DC and a lost sense of unity in our nation. I’m an elected official, not somebody’s puppet–I don’t serve special interest groups. I’m here to serve you and get things done! I ask for your vote to preserve open, honest government that places “Powhatan 1st, Not Politics!”

RENOVATING THE JUNIOR HIGH/NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL

We’re currently renovating the Junior High…almost done! The old building was falling apart. To keep ‘band-aids’ on the old school would’ve run at least $21 million and we’d eventually have to replace it. The ‘new’ middle school will cost $33 million, and it will be a healthy & safe learning environment for decades to come…well worth the trade.

BROADBAND INTERNET

Bring it! Like water and electricity, good internet service is now a basic necessity of the 21st Century. I’ve appointed people to the Citizen’s Broadband Committee, and I am delighted to say that construction of our new broadband system has begun!

 EXCELLENT SAFETY, SCHOOLS, AND SERVICES

The top priorities of any local government should be safety, schools, and services. You desire excellent safety, great schools, safe roads, adequate facilities, and caring customer service.

What I’ve Done:

  • Streamlined the Fire/Rescue Department and strengthened the Sheriff’s Office
    • Lower costs, easier staffing, faster response times!
  • Restored working relationship with the School Board
    • When I was elected, the 2 boards needed a mediator. My intentional outreach to the School Board has helped to restore a good working relationship – we’re now ‘getting it done’! “Larry hit the ground running and worked with me as School Board Chairman to get the most “bang for the buck” from State education funds. He is a true partner who brings his ‘A-game’ every day” – Jim Kunka, School Board Chairman
  • Worked with state and local officials to fix to our badly-broken teacher pay scale
    • How badly broken?

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  • Thankfully, we were able to take advantage of a state matching grant to help ‘straighten out’ school employee pay. Now we can attract the best new-hires in the region, and maintain our excellent school reputation. All of this was accomplished with no tax hike, a balanced budget, and a strong cash reserve. Again, “Powhatan 1st!”

What I’ll Do:

  • Continue to support our 1st-responders as a top priority
  • Continue to support our school employees and provide excellent facilities & resources
  • Ensure true needs are addressed in a fiscally-responsible manner
 RURAL-FRIENDLY COMMERCIAL GROWTH, LOWER TAXES SENSIBLY

The pathway to prosperity and lower taxes is through rural-friendly commercial growth. People don’t move to Powhatan to enjoy city living. We can be both business-friendly and ensure that new growth compliments our rural character.

What I’ll Do: Promote…

  1. Light industry – clean, quiet, safe – a variety, with an emphasis on hi-tech and small manufacturing
  2. Small business – encourage ‘buy local’
  3. Agribusiness – Ag production, but also niche and organic farming, and food ‘experiences’ (food trail, etc.)
  4. Equine enterprises – Horse shows, riding trails, weekend equine ‘experiences’
  5. Sports tourism – walking/biking trails, tournament hosting, promote Powhatan State Park, “Rivuh” activities
  6. Appropriate zoning & a streamlined process that enhances business development, plus a dedicated biz-web site

Success in these areas would grow the commercial sector & allow for lower residential tax rates! With the use of existing natural settings, and appropriate architectural matching, we can keep Powhatan an attractive setting in which to work and live.

OUR BOND COMPANY’S HIGH PRAISE OF POWHATAN

Davenport & Co LLC (Which manages our bond debt) had this to say about Powhatan a few months ago –

“The bond issue was favorably received by the credit market…and clearly demonstrates how comfortable the credit markets are with the positive things that are happening in Powhatan County.”

“…speaks volumes as the confidence that the credit markets have in Powhatan and its leadership.

“Congratulations to the County on a great result. When these results are added to last Fall’s refinancing the County has locked in a total of nearly $3 million in debt service savings in the last 6 months.”

“Congrats to all. A well-run government deserves this result.

2nd AMENDMENT

I am a supporter of the 2nd Amendment…’the right of the People to keep and bear arms.’ Our rights should be protected, but common sense also plays a role. For example – the 1st Amendment allows for free speech, but common sense dictates you can’t yell “Fire!” in a movie theater. Likewise, I agree with the law which prohibits guns in a courtroom (did you know that Powhatan Court House has a bullet hole in the ceiling from ‘back in the day’?). Convicted felons would be another obvious restriction. Protect our constitutional 2nd Amendment rights? Yes – as much as possible! But leave room for common sense…

 

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