My Commitment to you!
"watchdog against higher taxes"
“I’ve kept my promise not to raise taxes while in Office, and I haven’t,” Hayden said of his time on the county’s five-member governing board.
Hayden believes the supervisors should keep real estate taxes stable, but said citizens need to understand that tax cuts must be accompanied by slashing the county’s budget. Any reductions should occur “in areas that least affect the majority,” he said.
“People tell me they are not willing or financially able to pay higher taxes or fees” and are struggling to provide basic needs to their families, Hayden said of avoiding further burdens on county resources.
Private sector tell me they have lost their good jobs and now are at lower wage and part time. While Public Sector (tax paid supported have )kept their jobs and received pay increases. So why should private sector be expected to pay more taxes?
Patrick should avoid going into debt, since its debt-service-to-revenues ratio is at its limit. “As a young man born on a dirt farm, I quickly learned to do the best with what God gave me.”
Patrick has not been immune from the financial distress that has affected governmental units all over the country, and this remains a challenge, according to Hayden, who worked for nearly 40 years in local industries and is in his mid-60s.
He considers job growth the top priority, especially given the county’s poverty status. “Two-thirds of our children live below the poverty line and even a larger percentage are borderline. This is a direct relationship of their parents losing jobs due to the demise of tobacco, textile and furniture industries.”
also has worked to increase Patrick County’s connectivity to high-speed Internet service, which has progressed from 20 to 95 percent in coverage.
The supervisors aren’t trying to run the schools, but want to ensure “quality, cost-effective education,” said Hayden, who has two grown children who are products of Patrick schools. “Once the board of supervisors approves the money the school board has, it’s up to the school board to spend the funds.”Wisely!
continue improvements in county safety and school mobile communications, and said a plan is in motion to construct a new tower in the Dan River District to fill voids in service.
Hayden wants to see addressed involves the paving of roads in the Dan River District. It has 90 miles of dirt routes that are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation, more than the other four districts in the county combined.
Reach Tom Joyce at 719-1924 or email@example.com.
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Patrick County budget adopted by Board of Supervisors . 4-1 Hayden voted against!
Last night Patrick County adopted the 2013-2014 budget. Another in a pattern of deficit budgets, this one aprox 1.5 Million$ in the hole.
Kicked the can down the road again, until the savings are gone.
What are their plans? Raise taxes another 24 cents on the Levy or cut spending?
County is broke, State has cut contributions to the County, Economy is at rock bottom, services continue to cost more, people are not willing nor financially able to pay more taxes! We must stop spending money we do not have!
Authorized and paid for by Hayden4Supervisor, Roger T Hayden