in working with the colleges already located here to attract commercial and industrial development.
Mitcham said he would be “an advocate for quality growth” if elected.
“I think District 3 is really on the forefront of becoming Rockdale and an extension of Rockdale,” he said. “We’d really like to keep a distinction between the two [counties].”
He said he would also focus on finding solutions to the county’s traffic problems if elected and on bringing more recreation opportunities to the district.
Both candidates said they would make balancing the county’s budget their number one priority.
“We have to balance the budget. That’s number one,” Schulz said. “We have to look at how we make an investment in the community for the future and that’s going to be a balancing act.”
Mitcham said the board will be faced with an even more difficult task than usual due to declining tax revenues during this period of economic recession.
If faced with the necessity of cutting county services rather than raising property taxes (which neither candidate said they thought would be necessary) both candidates stressed that they would not cut back on public safety.
“We have to decide what’s most important to us,” Schulz said of the possibility of cutting back on services.
Mitcham said he believed the county could go through 2009 without having to cut services or raise taxes.