I am a conservative who believes in low taxes, fiscal responsibility and I will focus on cutting wasteful processes and expenses wherever possible to provide better services. Fighting corruption and ensuring that Clay County government is accountable to voters is the most important issue facing Clay County today. The past 2 years of the pandemic has been hard for families. Idle industries across Missouri have thrown workers into low wages, human misery and personal indignity amidst the recent pandemic. Those who pay taxes are denied a fair return, their success penalized, and full productivity hindered. We must now look forward to rebuilding and making our county great again.
· Cutting Property Taxes- I support full transparency in allowing citizens to appeal their property tax assessments and submit their own assessments. The clerk's office needs to be fully funded. Without enough people to process those claims, they can be delayed. The solution is simple, hire additional clerk's positions so citizens can appeal increases in their taxes.
· Property Taxes Credits for Senior Citizens- Under my plan, senior citizens will receive credit for property taxes paid. The amount of credit will be determined by their income and the amount of tax or rent they paid on their home. The less their income, or the more they paid in property taxes or rent, the greater their credit. Rent credit will be based on 20% of their gross rent.
· Infrastructure-Access to Fiber Optic internet should be as easy to access as other utilities such as water and electricity. Less than half of Clay has access to Fiber. It's time that citizens in the rural unincorporated portions of the county have the same access as those who live in the urban areas. Pandemic or not, 10G Fiber access is the way to the future for education, business and our everyday lives. As county commissioner, I will make county-wide Fiber access a priority by ensuring that cable providers ensure universal access and if they refuse, I will explore having the county establish a publicly owned utility for internet access.
· Transparency- My goal is to ensure that Clay County government offices are more responsive and transparent to property owners. Clay county residents deserve to know what processes are used in evaluating how their tax dollars are spent. All expenses will be made public and posted on the county websites.
· Fiscal Responsibility - This is needed considering that just a few years ago, we were a county that wasted money on $600 Keurig coffee makers. Back in December 2016, more than $58,000 was paid to law firms handling the county's open record requests, a function previously handled by the county clerk. $84,000 was paid to lobbyists for services that could have been done in house.
· Law and Order-When the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals rules that the Clay County government deliberately underfunded jails, there is a serious problem. Defunding the Sherriff's department is just plain wrong, and I will make sure that never happens again if I am elected. I absolutely, 100% support the citizen mandated audit and I will support implementing all of its recommendations