Letter to the Editor: Incumbents have done a good job

Editor:

It is my opinion that the incumbent members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors who are running for re-election have done a good job of managing the affairs of our county. I base my opinion on the following facts regarding subjects raised by their opponents:

Economic development: existing businesses in the county have made some significant expansions that have added jobs for the residents. These include  Bowman-Andros, Route 11 Potato Chips, Mercury Paper, and IAC.

Greater transparency: the public meetings of the Board of Supervisors are now available to the county citizens for TV viewing. This was accomplished in spite of the opposition of the two most newly elected members of the board.

Taxes and debt: through sound fiscal management, the county has been able to have a real estate tax rate that is only 1 cent higher than the lowest rate in the Shenandoah Valley. Regarding debt, the county owes less money currently than it did in 2003.

School spending: some have suggested that the Board of Supervisors could have a voice in how the School Board spends the funds provided by the Board of Supervisors. It is my understanding that under state law, the Board of Supervisors has no authority in this area. With the current over capacity of students in some of our schools, I suspect that some new facilities will be needed.

The regional jail: it seems there was agreement that the county’s jail facilities were inadequate. Since the regional jail could be built at less cost due to the state of Virginia paying a share, the decision to participate in the project seems the most economical way to provide the additional facilities. Page County originally considered participating in the project and then withdrew. Recently, that county has asked about the possibility of being a part of the arrangement. This indicates to me that the regional jail is a sound investment.

Lonnie D. Goad, Strasburg

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