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Opinion

Support Eldridge

May 2nd, 2014 9:06 am by MITCH MEREDITH

Support Eldridge

For the past four years, I have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Washington County as a commissioner. During that time, I have had the pleasure of serving on the Budget Committee and working with Mayor Dan Eldridge. I have also had the pleasure of serving on the Zoning Oversight Committee and working with Mike Rutherford.
In those four years, I have come to appreciate the fact that county government is a business. It is a business with one purpose — enhancing the quality of life for its citizens. We run this business by creating a positive environment through resolutions and providing services for public safety, education, business development and expansion, highways and streets, sanitation, public health, libraries and senior centers. This business is funded through your tax dollars. You are our customers and our owners.
As a CPA, I know the importance of good business practices. Successful organizations need excellent managers and leaders who are also visionary. Washington County has just completed four years of the toughest economic times since the 1930s. Yet we have increased school funding by more than 13 percent in the last two years. Our fund balance has grown to a healthy level. And all without a tax increase.
Eldridge has been at the helm during this time. I have found him to be an extraordinary financial manager. He understands the issues, the numbers and their impact. He is also visionary. Consider the Dry Creek flood. No one else would have been able to be the catalyst he was in restoring homes to the flood’s victims.
Contrary to the allegations his challenger and others have made, Eldridge is moving this county forward.
I can tell you from firsthand experience that Mayor Eldridge is working for all Washington Countians, regardless of whether they are inside the city and town or out.
I ask you to join me to continue to move our county forward by re-electing Dan Eldridge.
MITCH MEREDITH
Johnson City

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