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Candidate Russell says new stadium is wasteful

August 09, 2002

Editor's Note: Twenty-one candidates have filed for five Washington County Commissioners' seats. Ten of the candidates - five Democrats and five Republicans - will be selected as their parties' nominees in the Sept. 10 primary. The general election is Nov. 5. We asked each of the candidates the same five questions. Monday: Harold "Hal" Phillips

William Russell
39
Stay-at-home father
Republican
13226 Club Road

1. Do you think the county gives the school board enough money? Why or why not?

Russell said he can't say whether the Board of Education gets enough funding until he examines its budget. He wants to see how the board is spending the money to see if there is some waste in the budget.

2. Do you support a tax to fund fire and rescue services? Why or why not?

Yes, because there are not enough people contributing time or money to the volunteer fire and rescue companies.

3. Should the county help fund a new baseball stadium? Why or why not?

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"No. I do not see where funding a new baseball stadium would benefit the county. I think it would just be wasting taxpayer dollars."

4. Should the county provide funds for additional deputies and, if so, where would the money come from?

The county should find money to pay for more deputies. He said he would investigate whether the county hotel-motel tax funds can be used to fund deputies.

5. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the county and why?

The biggest issue is county emergency services, especially after the Sept. 11 attacks. Russell said he wants to ensure the Sheriff's Department and fire and rescue companies get needed technology and equipment.

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