"I think people would be more interested in government if they could see it going on," said Gretchen Quarterman, candidate for Chairman of the Lowndes County Commission, on the Chris Beckham drive-time radio show 11 October 2012, 105.9, WVGA. Here's video of that interview, followed by some excerpts.
A few excerpts:
Our county government does a lot of stuff really great... but one of the things they don't do very well don't advertise themselves; not very transparent; they don't say what a great job they're doing; so I thought we could improve in that area.
The County Commission a couple of years ago had two different studies commissioned about growth and planning, and one of them was... growth close to existing services. The county already has an urban service area, like how far the water line goes, how far the sewer line goes. And that growth should be infilled, and not expand outside of that area, because that saves resources in terms of how far you have to send the sheriff, how far the school bus has to go. And they also gave an average house price, what it costs in terms of property taxes to support the services that are sent to them, to a development. So I would say close in to existing services is the way to go.
We need to actively seek out manufacturing jobs,