"Working to protect our quality of life is what I do as County Commissioner."
By Kathy Dusenbery
What does a County Commissioner do? The most important job is to build a sustainable budget. Putting together a budget during these economic times leads to tough decisions that are not always popular. Citizens of Platte County have had to live within their means and tighten their belts in this economy and so has your County. Despite these tough times, we have still managed to lower your property taxes.
Like everyone, we are learning to do more with less at the County. Returning your Federal tax dollars to Platte County through road, bridge and law enforcement improvements is important to me. As a 10-year member of the transportation committee at Mid-American Regional Council (MARC) and serving my second year on the executive board of MARC, I have been able to bring your tax dollars home. MARC is where regional decisions are made are to where federal dollars are assigned.
My networking as a 10-year member has allowed the Federal tax dollars for HWY 45 widening and replacement of the HWY 9 Bridge in Parkville. Recently your County Commission made a huge investment in law enforcement, because of a unfunded federal mandate to go from a wide to narrow band radio system. Platte County went a step further and invested in a system that will allow greater radio coverage and advanced features that far exceed anything public safety now experiences. Coverage, capacity and interoperability shortcomings will have been addressed. The County is on target to meet the deadline on-time and under-budget.
Currently, the County Commission is in meetings to discuss the details of the expansions for our Community Centers. The County has a good partnership with the YMCA to manage the facilities and now the County is looking for health care partnerships and the needs of preventive health for Platte County. As our population ages having good facilities for preventive care will be important. Health care partners could provide the additional facilities needed for rehabilitation and preventative health education.
Along with the expansions of our community centers, I am working to develop a Platte County Youth Sports Commission. Club sports are an important part of our your athlete’s development. Getting information out to our citizens about youth sports clubs is important. Platte County is working to putting together a self-funded website that will have club sports information listed so that parents can make contact with the different organizations and be able to make positive decisions for their children’s athletic development.
Working to protect our quality of life is what I do as County Commissioner. During a debate with my opponent I asked Mrs. Roper what her vision for Platte County was and she didn't have a solid answer. I need your vote on August 7 so that I can continue to work hard to keep our vision of a strong quality of life for our families a reality.