CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Promising to be an "all-day, every-day" commissioner, retired federal analyst Carl Barton has become the latest entrant in the race for the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.
In his announcement, Barton, a Republican, said he will give up the difference between a commissioner's salary and the annual pay of his last full-time job and donate it to county children and youth programs. Commissioners are paid $63,458 this year, according to county figures, and the difference is approximately $20,000, Barton said.
"The current manner of presenting the budget is not customer-friendly and is not very informative ... Most budgets provide more details," said Barton, 65, of Chambersburg. He cited about $26 million in capital improvements listed "as one line" in the 2006 and 2007 budgets without specifics on how much would be spent on projects such as a new jail and 911 center improvements.
The county doubled taxes between 2001 and 2006, Barton said Monday, including a 14 percent increase in 2004 following a 2003 election year budget with no increase.