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Carver County Commissioner Dist. 4

Tim Lynch

Why are you running for Carver County Commissioner District 4?

I am running for county commissioner because I believe – and try to model – common sense leadership and accountability to the voter. I have worked hard to be the citizen’s voice for my district, and I hope to continue doing that in the future. I want to continue the work we have started that has resulted in positive growth in Carver County, even in this adverse economy.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the county, and what are your proposed solutions?

Positive tax climate and encouraging growth – Carver County has seen growth in recent years. Families are flocking here, tourism is at a high, new businesses are starting up here, in a large part because we have lowered taxes for the last eight years. Lower taxes attract growth; and I will continue to fight for growth.

Transportation – our infrastructure is critical to the continued success of Carver County, and we need to continue working on that road network so that development and commerce can spread easily across Carver County.

I want to be sure that we continue to work hard for municipalities and residents to have access to some of the best roadways in the metro.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

We have been really creative in the last eight years in finding ways to deliver on our promise to residents of great service at a minimum cost.

We have lowered our own salaries, to show that we are serious about that. We are collaborating with cities, so that we can mutually take advantage of shared services when possible. We have worked hard to wring the cost of government out of the process when we can.

I am dedicated to lowering the tax burden on my neighbors around the county, because I know I owe them my best effort..

Frank Long

Why are you running for Carver County Commissioner District 4?

After having studied and lived under the current county commissioners’ idea of what local government should be – providing services and infrastructure – I am in disagreement with their priorities, and the mindset that they represent the county, not us, the taxpayers.

I have decided after discussion/argument on the way this county is being run that the only way to stop the growth in spending from out-pacing growth in population is to change the people who keep making the same type of decisions.

I will work very hard to find ways to keep necessary infrastructure costs low, determine whether spending on recreational/amenities infrastructure serves a large enough percentage and is needed during this time of economic stress.

I will also focus on relieving regulations for the sake of regulation, and revenue to give relief to homeowners and existing business, and attract new business to our county.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the county, and what are your proposed solutions?

Accountability and accessibility are a single issue to me.

If you can’t attend a meeting without taking off time from work, and your commissioner doesn’t get back to you in a timely manner, or at all, then you are not being served.

There is a history of uneven representation and enforcement based on personal relationships in Carver County; it’s time to stop that.

I also propose to end staff briefings of less than three commissioners to avoid legally-required record keeping, to video all meetings at which commissioners are present, and to move commissioner board meetings to a regular time on a regular night to increase accessibility to the people we represent.

Taxes and spending are covered in my first answer.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

County commissioners can approve, reject, or “send back to the drawing board” the budgets, fee schedules, regulations, and infrastructure proposals, as well as department funding, growth, or creation proposed by the county staff.

The record shows an insignificant degree of staff being directed to adjust or revise budgets, spending, or growth.

This is evidence of a lack of focus on protecting taxpayers and keeping government spending down. After all, if you worked as local government staff, would you want less of it?

County commissioners also can, and should work with our legislature to reduce the burden of regulation that makes sense (sometimes) in a metro setting, but is inapplicable in a more rural area like ours. I can – and will – work to restore local control and property rights to Carver County residents.

I believe in a smaller and more efficient government. I also believe government needs to be responsive in the things it must do to maintain the necessary infrastructure to serve our needs. Fire departments, police, and public works should be adequately-funded, as well as support systems for those who need them in this economy.

Using tax dollars for recreational infrastructure, regardless of how much help (other tax dollars) comes from outside funding, is not a good use of limited resources or a responsible position.

I believe my duty will be to ensure resources are used wisely and we get value for the taxes we pay.

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