A Repub­li­can who is a true fis­cal con­ser­va­tive

Sunday Star - - OPINION -

Laura Price has con­sis­tently voted on bud­get is­sues as a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive, which as a life­long Repub­li­can, I ap­plaud. At times, her in­sis­tence that money be spent wisely with­out tap­ping into cap­i­tal funds to pay for re­cur­ring ex­penses has been un­pop­u­lar, but she has voted her prin­ci­ples.

The con­cept she pub­lished in a guest com­ment in March laid the foun­da­tion for the rev­enue cap in­crease.

It is im­por­tant that, in rais­ing the rev­enue cap, we have a county coun­cil who will see that the ad­di­tional funds are spent for the cap­i­tal projects and emer­gency ser­vices for which they are in­tended and that the coun­cil con­tin­ues a pol­icy of fis­cal re­straint. In­ter­est rates are in­creas­ing and the cost of bor­row­ing money is likely to be higher than an­tic­i­pated a year ago.

As a re­tiree, I want to keep our prop­erty taxes low, and I cer­tainly do not want spend­ing to get out of con­trol. I trust Laura to keep our spend­ing in check. She has my vote. FRAN BERGERE Trappe

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