Publisher's Note: This was originally sent as an email to all Republicans (Paid for by the Committee to Elect Stan Deatherage) within the structure of the campaign to re-elect Beaufort County Commissioner Stan Deatherage, and now appears here as news and information on Eastern NC NOW.
Commissioner Stan Deatherage
The Strong Voice for the Taxpayer
Dear Fellow Republican,
I want to talk to you about our county's taxes and spending
As a Fiscal Conservative, I have always made it my goal, as a county commissioner, to hold spending down to keep our taxes low
That is particularly important right now as America enters a recession. In a recession, county sales tax receipts invariably plummet, putting the county budget under stress.
As we prepared our county budget for the coming year, this should
have been taken into account to eliminate unnecessary spending. Unfortunately, it was not
. That is a product of a centrist Republican chairman depending on two very liberal Democrat commissioners for his coalition majority. Fiscal conservatives were left out in the cold.
Instead of cutting unnecessary spending, the ruling center-left coalition put the pedal to the metal and increased county spending by well over nine percent (9%). They burned through our county reserves to fund this spending spree, which is reckless and irresponsible in a recession. It puts enormous pressure for an ad valorem property tax increase
in coming years.
What sort of new spending is in that budget? One glaring example is $95,000 for a new county Director of Communications, or "spin doctor"
for the county management team and county commission chairman. This is wasteful and unnecessary. There are too many other questionable items in the budget.
Fiscal conservatives in that budget process sought to cut
unnecessary spending, not increase it. If we had been successful, taxpayers could have seen up to a ten percent ad valorem property tax reduction
Beaufort County taxpayers are opposed to this big spending. Our poll on Eastern NC NOW
, with over 620 people voting, found that over 95% of taxpayers want the county commission to spend less and be more frugal while less than 4% want the county to increase spending. This poll is still open for voting, and you can vote here
One thing we can do to help rein in big spending is to organize an all Republican center-right governing majority on the county commission instead of the present center-left coalition with liberal Democrats. With 5 Republicans and 2 Democrats on the county commission, we should already be doing that. It is something I have supported for years.
I humbly ask for your vote so I can continue to fight to cut unnecessary spending and hold down taxes.
Please visit my website at standeatherage.com
, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any issue. If you would like to offer support, especially by volunteering or placement of a yard sign, please contact me as well.