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Candidate Rowe says save money before hiking taxes

August 14, 2002

Ron Rowe
59
Maintenance supervisor for Mack Trucks and licensed Realtor
Republican
11620 Pinesburg Rd, Williamsport




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. Tomorrow: Doris J. Nipps

1. Do you think the county gives the School Board enough money? Why or why not?

Rowe said he hasn't formed an opinion on the subject, but that education and compensation for teachers are among his top priorities. He said cost-saving methods should be explored when budgets are tight. "My belief is savings should be explored before additional funds should be appropriated."

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

No. "When tax funds are appropriated for any purpose another level of bureaucracy is instituted. County involvement should be a necessary part of any decision-making process."

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

Rowe said he doesn't support county funding for a new stadium. He said the county's priorities should focus on the county's greatest needs - public safety and education. "We need to take care of the necessities before we can consider the luxuries."

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

"The No. 1 priority needs to be adequate compensation for the current deputies." Rowe said he doesn't favor additional taxes at this time. He said cost-saving measures and prudent management might generate the funds needed to improve compensation. "Just possibly the money may already be there if those savings are utilized."

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

Rowe said funding for public education and public safety and the growth of the county are the biggest issues. He said a major concern involving land use is property devaluation.

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