Minimize burdens on taxpayers. Safety, including law enforcement, public health, public works. County roads and drainage systems.
In a 2017 study :Nicollet County had the 27th highest property tax on a mid-value house of the 87 counties. The best thing we can do is work to minimize tax burdens. I would support efforts to increase individual home ownership. Our staff certainly works to help people find housing and cooperates with state and federal agencies in housing.
I have faith in our county staff. There are problems in our state and country but am sure they are minimal in our county. My greater concern is non-citizens voting or some people voting multiple times, especially in large urban areas. I support valid IDs.
State mandates and procedures that slow our staff in doing their work. Also concerns of people moving here from other counties, states, and countries to take advantage of the generous benefits and dedicated HHS workers
Law enforcement, Public Works ,basic county services
Fiscally responsible government spending. It is vital that we have people in government that understand the impact spending has on its citizens. I will work to find efficiencies for controlling the tax burden while preserving the country’s economy. Health and Human Serves, I will advocate for supporting public health services to protect human dignity, especially for the most vulnerable citizens. Law Enforcement and criminal justice, I will support our law enforcement and criminal justice department to help ensure that Nicollet County residents can continue to feel safe. I feel the county board should use its influence so that the criminal justice department and Judges prosecute criminals and not practice catch and release.
Monitoring of building codes and permit fees. I would work to ensure that at the county level, building codes are not overly burdensome and do not add unnecessary costs. I would also work with developers and entrepreneurs that seek to bring affordable building projects to our county. These projects not only provide additional housing they create jobs in the area that help the local economies continue to grow and prosper. Work to keep taxes low with fiscally responsible spending
It is very important that every citizen has the right and the responsibility to vote. Nicollet County area election judges and poll workers do a commendable job of ensuring that the election process is carried out safely and securely, and I trust that it is correct. However, I do have concerns with mailing ballots. The intention of mailing and making ballots easy to access is noble, however, the opportunity to interfere with or manipulate these ballots does exist.
Staffing is the primary challenge, Medicare and Medicaid funding has not increased in 20 years. Therefore, there has been a lack of new people joining the mental health care field due to a lack of return on the cost of expensive education and training This lack of staff puts a greater demand on currently available services, causing delays and pushing the current system to the breaking point. As a county board, we need to influence our state and federal agencies to provide more help.
Essential Law Enforcement, Essential Basic Health Services, and Essential Public Works services such as Road Clearing and Maintenance are what I would preserve first. Citizen needs to live safely, move about freely and have access to health services to survive and prosper.