has been put forth in the media citing polls that Americans believe
that our government in Washington, D.C., is non-functional.
Confidence in Congress is near the bottom of the scale. This has
been true for both Democrat and Republican majorities in Congress.
appears that the majority of our people believe that those elected have
not fulfilled the hopes and aspirations of the voters. Our government
should work together and respond to their needs and to the promises
made by the candidates.
on the national scene, here in Dare County, your Board of Commissioners
has, to date, put forth many actions which will lead to positive
results. These have resulted because the board members elected by both
political parties have been working well together.
The following is a partial listing of the accomplishments to date:
board held the first ever Town Hall meeting. These were held to
learn what our citizens considered important to them. The board
responded to each and in most cases, took appropriate actions.
- This board invited the public to attend the budget workshop as part of the promised openness and accountability.
board took a strong united stand against those in Raleigh who wanted to
take the sales tax funds from tourist revenue and distribute it
throughout the state. This was despite the fact that much of this
revenue was the result of monies spent locally to attract tourists to
our area and provide the services to sustain tourism. This threat would
have devastated our local economy.
Board initiated and agreed to fund a creative program for proactive
dredging of Oregon and Hatteras inlets together with state and federal
partners. These inlets are a vital economic channel for both local and
regional interests. A funding source was created for this
board formed a Consolidation Committee consisting of elected officials
and staff from the county and the six municipalities. This committee
was created to explore possible ways to work together and save
board approved an economic diversification strategic plan for Dare
County in concert with N.C. State University’s Office of Outreach and
Engagement. This program will not only include diversification but will
also involve optimizing the existing pillars of our economy namely
tourism, fishing and construction.
- This board, working with the Board of Education, provided an additional $400,000 for teachers salaries.
this board’s tenure to date, money has been put back into the general
fund and our deficit in the insurance fund and our bond rating by major
rating organizations has been increased from AA to AA+. This
improvement in our rating will lower the interest cost for future
issued bonds. These accomplishments have been achieved without cutting
services or raising County taxes.
summary, an objective individual reviewing the above listing of what
this board has accomplished to date would have little doubt that this
elected board has functioned well.
(Jack Shea is a Dare County commissioner.)