Clinton County Commissioner, District 4, 2-year term

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    Kenneth B. Mitchell

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What makes you more qualified than other candidates for this office?

Should the county spend more on parks? Yes or no, please explain.

Is the quality of county roads acceptable? Yes or no, please explain.

Do you support raising taxes as a way to pay for road improvements? Yes or no, please explain.

Are you comfortable with the structure and scope of county government? Yes or no, please explain.

To promote efficiency and lower costs should the role of county government expand and the role of city and township government shrink? Yes or no, please explain.

Related to government structure, what would you change?

What are the three most important issues facing the county and how would you address them?

As property tax revenue and state aid decline, is it appropriate for the county to assume a larger role in providing services to county residents? Yes or no, please explain.

What county services do you consider most vital?

What county services are least vital and can be trimmed to lower expenses?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? Yes or no. If no, please explain.

Hometown Lansing
Education Everett HS, LCC, GM-UAW
Family Wife Jane Married 35 years, Daughter Lisa, Son in Law Brian, Son Ben and 2 Grandchildren
Professional Experience UAW Journeyman Machine Repair/Machinist- GM, Task / Needs Analysis GM/UAW, Township Trustee, Current Clinton County Commissioner. CFO Jungle Jane Promotions, Watertown Charter Township Trustee, Clinton County Sheriff Office Mounted Division, Looking Glass Regional Fire Authority Founding Member, Looking Glass Regional Fire Authority Board Member, Mid-Michigan Health Dept, Tri-County Office Aging, MSU Extension Office.
Political Experience Current Clinton County Commissioner, Watertown Charter Township Trustee 17 years, Looking Glass Regional Fire Authority Founding Member and Current Board Member, Various Township/County Committees, Various State Boards
Experience. I have a track record that people can look at. I've voted on issues ranging from tax's to zoning. I have done my best to represent everyone in my district, both residents and business owners. I am proud of my service to my community and I look forward to continued community service.
Parks are important for recreation in our county, I believe that we are currently funding our parks system sufficiently. I will treat expenditures on parks the same way I currently treat all expenditures. I look at each item in the budget and evaluate whether it is a item that is in the best interest of our community and act accordingly with it. I currently sit on the Parks and Greenspace Committee so I am very active in our county parks system.
Our roads are in dire need of repair. No, they are not acceptable. The Clinton County Road Commission does the best they can with the funding they have.
The problem of road funding needs to be addressed with input from everyone. We pay tax's to the state that should be used for fixing our roads. This is a huge problem that is not going away. Bottom Line is that I'm never in favor of raising taxes without a very specific and documented need. The public should be involved in this decision and they would decide if a tax needs to be raised.
No. I am always looking for better ways to do things. A yes answer to this question would imply that there is no room for improvement. Things change and we should always be looking forward while not loosing track of the things that got Clinton County in the strong financial position it currently is in.

No. The roles of local governments are critical to the function of the government as a whole. Local officials are elected and are members of the communities they represent. Many of them have long histories in their communities. To promote efficiency and lower cost I think that each level of government should be open to more interaction. Each level brings different views and responsibilities. The common goal should be to serve the public and provide the services that are needed.
On certain levels, regionalization needs to be explored. If there is a way to change a structure that would provide the same level of service to the community but reduce spending, that needs to be identified. Some of our government bodies have lost touch with the people who sent them there. Spending has run rampant. Something has to change. We pay to many taxes and that money is not spent wisely in many cases. Here in Clinton County we have the lowest operating millage in the Tri-County region. Other areas of government need to look at the operations of our county and maybe learn how to do it better.
1) We need to stay responsible to our vision. Our county is very desirable to live and work in because of responsible governing. The tax base is used responsibly and individuals’ rights are respected. We need to continue to look forward and with community involvement, do what’s right for all of us who live and work here. 2) We need to maintain the lowest operating millage in the Tri-County region. We can continue doing this by applying conservative business principles to spending. 3) Work on creating more regional agreements that benefit both the residents and business owners of the county.
In my view the county should have a larger role in providing services to county residents. Counties are better equipped to provide these services regardless of declining property tax revenues. I feel it is better for residents to receive services from the county than the state. The county is more in touch with the realities of what our community needs.
Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, Roads. Veterans Services, Courts, Clerks Duties (several), Treasurer Duties (several), Jails, Health Department are some of the major services but there are many services that many don't think about such as 4-H, Parks, Recycling, GIS services, Conservation and Clinton County Transit. There are many more that I will not list but they are equally important. All of the services provided are vital to our county. The county is an auxiliary to the state on many services.
I don't believe that there are any that can be eliminated to lower expenses. Each service that is provided by the county has been evaluated and determined to be needed.
I am current in my tax payments and I do not owe anything else.