Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vote Patterson for local solutions

    Randy Patterson has a straight-talking charm about him. He’s a hard worker and always willing to study and weigh the long-term effects and possible unintended consequences of policy issues. This is especially true for issues that would overly burden Blaine County taxpayers.
    After hearing Patterson speak and getting to know him, I came away with the feeling that Randy says what he means and means what he says.
    Randy Patterson is an Idaho-native. He served on the Carey City Council for six years, and is currently serving his second term as mayor of Carey, Idaho, which was also hit hard during the recession. He listed his proudest accomplishment as helping his constituency weather the nasty fallout of the recession by cutting property taxes by 22 percent. Hard times meant hard choices and Patterson made the difficult decisions for Carey. I think he’d do the same as commissioner for Blaine County.
    Funding for Idaho’s roads and bridges is woefully behind. Patterson thinks gas taxes and other user fees should be used to fund repairs. Fuel taxes and user fees associated with motor vehicles would, more fairly, spread the tax burden.
    Patterson thinks the best solutions are local solutions. He will always have an open door and will listen to all sides. Randy Patterson promises not to vote himself a pay raise as commissioner.
Rick Ryerson


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