Decatur County Commission District 6: Oliver Sellers/Gary Phillips

Oliver Sellers

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?


Nothing in question one is a pressing issue in Decatur County except for Economic Development. (My opinion.)

In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important things that should be done to improve Thomas County’s economy?


Do a massive search for industry for Decatur County. I have a plan to do this, but will not disclose at this time.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of citizens?


Get Government back in touch with the citizens. Most Governments have lost sight of what their purpose is. Listen to their needs and do my best to produce results.

BIOGRAPHY BY CANDIDATE


I live in Brinson Georgia and am 62 years old. I have always lived here and love this area. I served in the US Army in Korea. I am a small business owner in Bainbridge and presently employed as a Code Enforcement Officer with another County Government. I am active in several civic groups. I have always had a motto to do what it takes to get the job done and stay close to the people.

Gary Phillips

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?


Fortunately the commission has been able to present a balanced budget for the fiscal year 2010-2011 with no increase in our millage rate. I ,along with the other commissioners, department heads, constitutional elected officials, staff and our county administrator have worked hard to keep expenses the same or under budget from last year. We, at this time, are seeking to expand our enterprise funds, such as the landfill, to help supplement our general fund which helps keep our millage rate down. We do not intend to cut any services at this time but we plan to improve some such as rural roads maintenance.

PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:

• adequately staffing new and expanded libraries:
• operating County Parks and Recreation programs:
• supporting services for homeless:
• supporting arts and cultural activities:
• improving storm water and flood control infrastructure:
• offering economic development incentives:
• expanding public transportation & safer pedestrian and bicycle corridors:



Some of the items to list in order of importance does not apply to us at this time but I will list the ones I see as important to our county.

1. Economic development. Working with our Industrial Development Authority to bring new industry or expand our current industry to create new jobs for our citizens.
2. Improve our rural road maintenance and paving dirt roads when possible. This depends on a lot of factors such as funding from GDOT and right of way issues.
3. Seek ways to improve our current services and find efficient ways to keep our costs down.
Some of the funding will come from our Splost fund which has suffered under the current economic conditions. Other funding will come from budgeted items for these already in our current budget.

I am committed ,as are the other commissioners, that in the current economic situation the county and our citizens are suffering through ,we will not support a millage rate increase but will trim budgeted expenses from all departments if needed and where possible.

In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important things that should be done to improve Thomas County’s economy?

I believe that every county in Georgia is facing the same or worse economic problems that we are. Until our leaders in Washington and our leaders at the Capitol of both parties stop worrying about politics and power and start worrying about the problems of the people and this country and work together to find solutions we at the local level have a steep mountain to climb to find ways to help. We continue to seek out any industry trying to expand and will provide incentives through our Industrial Development Authority when possible to bring the much needed jobs here.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of citizens?

Having served almost 4 years as County Commissioner of District 6 I have used my business experience, commissioner training and continued involvement in the local community to make decisions that would have a positive effect on all the citizens in our county. I have tried to respond effectively and get the proper help for the citizens in district 6 whether it involved roads or other issues that was causing problems for them.

If reelected I will continue to respond to the citizens needs and will continue to find ways to improve the quality of life and provided services for them.

BIOGRAPHY BY CANDIDATE


Gary Phillips (R) has been a Bainbridge business owner for more than 29 years. He is married to Dana Brock Phillips, and they have two children, Chason Phillips, 14, and Lauren Redmon, 19.
Phillips is a member and deacon of Bethel Baptist Church. He is very involved in local civic activities and serves on several boards, including the Salvation Army, Bainbridge/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Development Authority.
Commissioner Phillips is a Certified County Commissioner as of April 2009. He is also the Board of Commissioners' representative on the Highway 27 Association Regional Committee. Effective Jan. 1, 2009, Commissioner Phillips was appointed by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia to serve on the ACCG Interlocal Risk Management Agency (IRMA) Board of Trustees.


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