To operate effectively and within means, the County Government must eliminate waste and streamline its services. By scrutinizing each office's budget and consolidating services where possible, we will reduce expenses and avoid bureaucracy.
To achieve efficiency and tax relief, we will review each office's budget in detail, identifying essential services and opportunities for consolidation and waste reduction. We will operate the county like a public business, accountable to its shareholders, the citizens of Schuylkill County. A mandatory 1% reduction in each office's budget for the next four years will help in keeping expenditures within the current level of tax revenue generated by the county.
From a libertarian perspective, taxation and debt are viewed as a necessary evil, as individuals should have the freedom to keep as much of their earnings as possible. It is essential to minimize the role of government and to reduce spending to the lowest possible level.
Therefore, reducing the operating budget of each Row Office by 1% for the next four years is a step in the right direction towards reducing the debt level of Schuylkill County. The county should prioritize essential services and find ways to eliminate waste, while avoiding tax increases. This will go a long way in ensuring that Schuylkill County starts to pay down its current outstanding debt which as of December 2021 was slightly above $26 Million. Add to this the nearly $7 million in new debt created by the consent decree between the County and law firm requiring Schuylkill County to perform a County Real Estate Tax Reassessment.
In addition, the nearly $100 million received in operating grants should not be seen as a reliable source of income, and the county should work towards becoming less dependent on such grants. The county must strive towards fiscal responsibility, as excessive debt and taxation can hinder economic growth and individual freedoms.