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Jeff Cline: Why I seek your vote

February 26, 2009|By JEFF CLINE

The most important characteristic that any political leader can offer his or her constituents is a strong sense of fiscal responsibility. This is true even in the best of times, and in today's economic climate, it is crucial. I am running for mayor of Williamsport, and it is my intention, once elected, to carefully determine the proper spending priorities for my hometown and to guard every dollar of the taxpayers' money.

I will pursue every resource available to Williamsport, including the long-term development of tourism involving, for example, the promotion of the C&O Canal and the Cushwa Basin as a destination for hikers, bikers and history lovers.

An immediate and specific action, however, that I intend to take is a line-by-line review of the current budget in order to eliminate waste and save money.

This is money that will stay in the taxpayers' pocket, rather than be paid out in increased taxes and fees. Furthermore, I intend to finalize negotiations with Cellular One for antenna access to our water tower, which will generate $22,000 annually. This is money that can be used to offset potential increases in water and sewer services. I certainly intend to apply my skills as a successful grant writer to pursue every avenue of outside funding that may be available to our town.

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Future budgets should reflect the needs of Williamsport's citizens. Just as citizens must oversee their own household budgets, I promise to oversee the town's budget to ensure maximum efficiency and to eliminate waste and repetition of services.

Tough times call for leaders willing to make tough choices without forgetting the citizens whom those choices directly affect. I am that leader, and I am asking for your support on Election Day, Monday, March 2.

Jeff Cline is a candidate for mayor of Williamsport

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