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Clinton County Commissioner, District 6, 2-year term

Clinton County Commissioner, District 6, 2-year term, vote for 1

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  • Anne Hill
    (Rep)

  • Dwight J. Washington
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

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.

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Home address Bath
Hometown Bath, MI
Education PhD. MSU Natural Resources
Family 3 generations have lived in voting precinct
Professional Experience Education and Natural Resource policy advocacy and practice
Political Experience Bipartisan - Local, State, National - support on Environmental and Education issues.
I value and understand the importance of positive services for constituents, regarding their questions, concerns, and ideas. Furthermore, I have a strong background in natural resource policy and have the ability to problem solve and negotiate with stakeholders who represent different competing interests.
Yes. Bath Township is one of its fastest growing townships, and is prime for development of this type to promote walkability and strengthen community relations. By providing healthy and family oriented activities at little or no cost, parks build “community” and enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens. The county needs to recognize and support this growth potential, and fairly distribute resources for the “wise” development of our recreational and green spaces.
Compared to roads in adjacent communities, Clinton County roads are better than most. And, while our roads are "okay" today, a lack of funding for infrastructure is increasingly resulting in a less stable and secure future for the condition of our roads. Road maintenance is an ongoing issue that should be addressed in the most economical way possible. It is prudent to have preventative maintenance plans in place with appropriation funds in place. We should be vigilant in researching and pursuing new technologies that will make our roads more durable and safe for automobiles and bicycles.
Counties have traditionally relied on state and federal transportation dollars for road maintenance and that should be the primary funding source. Despite the state’s major role in road improvements, it is not providing resources adequate to do the job. The Tri-county MPO is essential for forecasting and funding road projects in Clinton County through 2020, and may need to “step up” to advocate for a more just resource allocation from state and federal government. Additional funds needed should be user based, so that the primary users pay for the service. Ultimately, listening to our citizens on this issue will be essential to organize stakeholders for the advancement of long term solutions.
The dual function of the County Board of Commissioners as both administrative and legislative bodies is more streamlined and efficient than other forms of government. It is an important component to balance the needs of residents in both the urban/suburban communities and the rural areas. The traditional functions of county government such as the health department, law enforcement, animal control, and solid waste management are essential to our community.
Yes, whenever the government can lower cost through elimination of duplication of personnel and provide services more efficiently due to economies of scale, county services should be expanded. Additionally, the Tri-County partnerships have and should foster cooperative efforts to resolve problems, develop policies, and implement plans that can maximize the efficient use of its resources. However, it is important to be mindful of difficulty that may be encountered when shifting responsibility and authority from existing government entities. A well-functioning government “should work smarter not harder” to not diminish, but preserve, the quality of services.
Citizens should be engaged through participatory budgeting and have more involvement in the budget process. And, the County should provide additional services – e.g. consumer education, energy efficiency, and conservation for its citizens.
The three most important issues facing District 6 are 1) Weak environmental policies (i.e., recycling, climate change, invasive species eradication, etc., etc.). 2) The need for funding services at adequate levels while compensating employees at a fair level. 3) A lack of green/walkable/ bikeable corridors that would connect neighborhoods and make the county a more livable community.

In any complex challenge citizen input is fundamental for community success. Whether a task force is created, a charrette, citizen workshops (similar to 5 year Recreation Plans), or through working sessions with colleagues to discuss priorities – WE benefit from thoughts and concerns of citizens taxpayers
Yes, but counties and cities are limited in the ways that they can generate additional funding by the State Constitution. This is why it is essential that the County assume a larger role as a leader by working with all of the jurisdictions within its boundaries to negotiate working agreements and mutual aid partnerships to share resources between the cities, townships and county government.
Waste management, Watershed management, the Clinton Conservation District, police and emergency services, social services, health department, criminal justice system, and providing for Green spaces – including agriculture preservation to county parks.
Any political decisions to cut county services is a disservice to all county tax payers. A review of all county services to look for cost savings in and between departments, while not diminishing the quality of services should be used as a primary criteria in making tough decisions.
Yes.

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