As usual, in his candidate interviews for the election 2012 supplement, Gus Jarvis did a great job. In my interview, Gus quotes me as saying “if revenues don’t improve, a reduction in staff may become a reality”. While the quote is correct, I want to make sure that my true intentions are clear. Reducing staff and consequently reducing service levels should come only as a last resort and only as an alternative to going to the voters for a mill levy increase. While I agree with the current hiring freeze, moving forward, the Commissioners should not seek to balance the budget on the backs of our County employees who have already made significant sacrifices. Rather, if elected, I will strive to balance the budget by stimulating our economy, which will increase revenues, and by working with County employees to reduce expenditures wherever it is feasible.
– Dan Chancellor