Washington County Commissioner candidate Joseph H. Walker said limiting the size of county government will be his top priority if he's elected.
"I don't want my government to give me an ice skating rink, or ballparks, or swimming pools," he said.
Walker, who is running in the Republican primary, has suggested in the long-term the abolition of small municipalities throughout the county. The move would end competition and disputes involving the county and municipalities over water and sewer service.
Police, fire, ambulance and other essential services ought to be funded but the frills need to go, he said.
Walker said he opposes the use of county funds to create and provide water and sewer services to industrial parks because "the county shouldn't be in the real estate business."
Walker, 77, said he plans to be a one-term commissioner, saying he would point the way and let others carry through his ideas after the next election in 2002.