I thought I’d use this month’s column to talk briefly about a few of the issues we are currently tackling:
Road Funding – We’ve been talking about this for a while and, as I write this article, the Alabama Legislature is debating it. No one in this area likes taxes. Politicians don’t like to talk about them and very few people like to pay them. Since 1992, the gas taxes paid by the average automobile driver has been dropping because of increased fuel economy. In 1994, the owner of a ’94 Honda Accord would have paid roughly $185 in fuel taxes. In 2025, using the EPA’s proposed fuel economy standards, the owner of a 2025 Honda Accord will pay roughly $80 in fuel taxes. If the cost of labor and asphalt were falling in line, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. I am in favor of an increase in the gas tax as long as it can be used for road projects and nothing else.
Radio Upgrade for the Sheriff’s Department – There are a few areas in the county where a Deputy cannot reach Dispatch by radio. This could be a huge problem if a Deputy suddenly needed to call for backup. As the current system nears the end of its life, it is important that the issue of spotty radio service be solved.
Improved Career Tech Programs – Many business and political leaders are exploring the idea of a Dothan/Houston County School System partnership to bring enhanced career tech opportunities to High School Students. Hopefully, we can create a system by which trained students will have guaranteed employment in local area businesses upon graduation.
I appreciate the opportunity to serve you on the County Commission. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me about these or other topics.