Taylor County Commission District 4: Pam Feagle/Lyn Odom

Pam Feagle

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?
I will not cut services but what I will cut is spending. I will find ways to increase revenue by establishing a process where we compare the cost of Taylor County services to the cost of services of other similar counties. I will plow the saved money back into incentives to local businesses.

PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:
1. Offering economic development incentives
2. Operating County Parks and Recreation programs
3. Supporting services for homeless
4. Adequately staffing new and expanded libraries
5. Supporting arts and cultural activities
6. Improving storm water and flood control infrastructure
7. Expanding public transportation & safer pedestrian and bicycle corridors

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST AND LAST CHOICES. HOW WILL FUNDING YOUR SERVICE PRIORITIES AFFECT TAX RATES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM?
Taylor County needs good paying jobs. Our unemployment is one of the highest in the area. We must form effective partnerships and offer incentives to secure good jobs for our citizens.

Public transportation is a low priority for our area. We have safe access to the Sports Complex and bicycling is not a high interest recreational activity for our citizens.

I plan to cut taxes in the short and long term. My focus will be making government more efficient without reducing services.

In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important things that should be done to improve Taylor County’s economy?
My focus has been and will be on job growth and economic development. We need good paying local jobs that will keep people local and families together. I recognize I can not do this by myself. I plan to work with local leaders, the community and state governmental agencies to reduce taxes and government regulations. We must offer incentives such as tax breaks, lower fees and if necessary give land to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses.

How do you balance attempts to turn Taylor County into a waterfront tourist destination with preservation of its natural resources?
Most of the waterfront development is concentrated in the Keaton Beach area and Steinhatchee. That leaves most of our coastline in a pristine state. I would let development take its course in the beach area and Steinhatchee, but limit development in the other coastline areas. Taylor County’s attraction is its pristine natural resources. The developments that come to the area recognize this and make every attempt to protect the natural beauty.

Lynn Odom

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?
Applied fairly, both options will be required to provide necessary services while maintaining a realistic budget.

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

PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST AND LAST CHOICES. HOW WILL FUNDING YOUR SERVICE PRIORITIES AFFECT TAX RATES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM?
All of the items listed are extremely important to the citizens directly impacted. The job of the County Commission is to prioritize services according cost and benefit for the common good of the county. If elected my support for any program or service will be determined by the needs of my district.

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

Improve our schools.

Use established local businesses to supply products and services.

Encourage producers of products and services to choose Taylor county for their business.

How do you balance attempts to turn Taylor County into a waterfront tourist destination with preservation of its natural resources?
From my observation it appears every effort is being made to assure preservation of our natural resources for the citizens of this county. Because Taylor County can provide unique experiences for fishing, hunting, hiking, golfing and enjoying nature, a waterfront destination would provide many different employment opportunities as well as provide a strong attraction to our county. The money generated by a well planned waterfront development should lend itself to a accessible, well maintained preservation area for Taylor citizens and tourists to enjoy, while providing the income necessary to support itself. Small business will flourish. The economy can grow.
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