It’s hard to believe that a new election cycle has begun. Time flies and in St. Lucie County we have worked hard to make the best of that time. As I look back on my 2016 campaign literature, one particular paragraph leaps out at me:
I am very proud to say that I, the other county commissioners, and our staff took that charge to heart. We’ve had unprecedented job creation, significant expansions in our boat manufacturing sector, made important investments in the port and airport, secured an Amazon distribution facility, and have begun much-needed infrastructure improvements. All without raising property taxes.
My platform remains consistent with my actions over the past four years as these are the things I believe matter the most.
Our Environment – St. Lucie County’s future well-being depends on solving our water issues. The quality of our water affects our quality of life, impacting our health, tourism, and our economy. We need to be sure our county receives its fair share of the Legacy Florida funding. We need seasoned leadership continually focused on these issues.
Infrastructure Investment – One extremely important way to protect our waterways is to expand water and sewer projects, decreasing the use of septic throughout the county. Beach renourishment, road resurfacing, paving, sidewalks and bridge repairs will continue to be priorities.
Economic Development – Bringing in new businesses and helping existing businesses expand keeps taxes low for our residents. We’ve made great strides toward this goal, but we need to continue our focus on attracting higher-wage jobs. The county’s economic development toolbox should consist of fast tracking, impact fee credits and tax abatements – but no handouts. Focusing on development of the airport and port remains particularly impactful.
Fiscal Responsibility – In both good times and bad, we must hold the line on costs and use the resources we have wisely. Infrastructure improvements that protect our quality of life and improve our economy are our first priority. Now that the county’s finances have stabilized, it is time to look at a responsible plan for tax rate reduction.
The Census – It is crucial that St. Lucie County’s population is fully counted in the upcoming census. As a fast-growing county, this is our opportunity to ensure we receive our fair share of federal funding and to add to our representation in the state and national arenas. As I campaign and govern over the course of the coming months, I will also be taking every opportunity possible to ensure that St. Lucie County counts!
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Political advertisement paid for and approved by Linda Bartz, Democrat, for SLC County Commission, District 3.