Thursday, June 07, 2012

Government: You're Doing It Right

I've bragged about my county government before.  Here's a recent message sent out by our local Chairman of the County Supervisors.  All the emphasis is mine.

Dear Friend,
I wanted to be the first to let you know that today the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate discretionary funds from our budgets.
During my tenure as Chairman, I have always looked at ways to decrease the size of government and increase transparency. I am pleased that the Board was able to reach a consensus and agree that these funds were not in the best interest of the county or its taxpayers. It also should be noted that we have put into place tighter controls on how Board members staff their offices or enter into contracts with outside vendors for constituent outreach. These amendments were added to make sure the Board is beyond reproach.
While leading the Board, I have been proud of the financial management of this county. This is reflected in our three AAA bond ratings, a budget that has been reduced by $143 million, and tax bills that are 30% lower than the rest of the region.
Prince William County is a model of how good government should work.
It is also an example of the success a locality can have when they adhere to sound fiscal principles. Prince William County is ranked #1 in job growth in Virginia and #3 in the country. The county also saw its median income jump by more than $3,000 making us the 9th wealthiest county in the nation.
It is not an accident or coincidence that we received these accolades; it is because of the budgetary discipline exhibited by not only this board but previous boards.
I look forward to continuing to serve as your Chairman of this dynamic and diverse county.

Our Chairman has announced that he's running for Lt. Governor.  He's got my vote.