The candidates were also asked if Martin County presently receives enough tax revenues to meet its obligations to its citizens, and if not, what would they propose to increase revenues?
“The only option to increase revenue for the roads is to implement a county Wheel Tax,” George said. “With a deteriorating economy, and everyone worrying about the cost of health care, I cannot support a wheel tax in Martin County. I have worked hard not to raise taxes in Martin County, and will continue to do so, if re-elected.
“I have worked hard the past eight years to keep Martin County financially stable in a very unstable financial environment. I am honest, fair, and work hard for every citizen in Martin County. I enjoy meeting and talking to the citizens of Martin County. I am available in the courthouse 2-3 days per week.”
George continued, “I would like to continue to serve the citizens of Martin County as commissioner and continue the programs already started. The commissioners re-energized the Martin County Veterans' Service Office, and the amount of Martin County veterans served has nearly doubled this past year. I believe it is important for Martin County to continue our partnership with the Crane Naval base and the WestGate Tech Park Authority to maintain as many local job opportunities as possible. Both of these businesses provide skilled and non-skilled jobs for Martin County citizens.”
Candidates were asked to give their thoughts on the county’s current budget and spending situation, as well as any changes they would make.
“The county is always looking at cost reduction options.” George said. “Martin County is operating on a bare-bones budget. We have cut the operating expenses of most county programs as much as possible, and continue to provide services to the citizens of Martin County. I believe the citizens of Martin County understand this, and will continue to work with the county to ensure our success.”
Collins failed to respond to numerous e-mails and phone messages requesting both his personal information for this article, as well as answering pertinent questions concerning the duties of county commissioner.