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Candidate Brown says general taxes shouldn't fund stadium

September 05, 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. This is the last of the candidate profiles.

Jim Brown

65

Democrat

Retired

129 E. Potomac St., Williamsport

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

"I think the first thing we have to do is ask the School Board to evaluate their program and prioritize their goals."

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

Brown thinks an ad hoc committee should be formed to recommend ways to find revenue for fire and rescue services.

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

"Is the stadium an issue, or are some of the candidates creating an issue?" Brown asked. He said the city, state and private sector should put up the money before the county contributes funding for a stadium. He said if the county contributes, the money should come from the hotel/motel tax. "We should not use any general tax dollars."

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

Brown said he thinks public safety should be a top priority of elected officials. He said the county should reorganize and reallocate existing dollars to come up with funding for more deputies, if necessary.

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

Brown said finding new businesses that offer decent wages and maintaining the companies that are here are some of the county's biggest issues. "We have too many low-paying jobs in Washington County." He said creating a world-class public school system and conducting a fire and rescue study to determine how to increase funding for fire and rescue services are other big issues.

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