June 18th, 2010 11:06 PM by Sherry Lee
Today I filed papers to run for Palm Beach County Commission District 2. The seat was going to go unchallenged to yet another career politician and I just could not stand to watch that happen.
During the real estate boom, county government grew its revenues and spending at an alarming rate, far outpacing the growth in population or incomes. From 1996 to 2006, the county budget ballooned from 1.5 billion dollars to 4.5 billion dollars, wiping out savings accounts and home equity and ultimately bankrupting thousands of residents. And now, in spite of double digit unemployment, 70,000 foreclosures and no end in sight, Palm Beach County is still spending over 4 billion dollars annually, crying poor and asking for more.
I say ENOUGH already!
By prioritizing the spending, eliminating overlapping services and negotiating sustainable contracts, we can begin to stabilize the economy and improve the standard of living for more residents. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to send someone to the county commission who will view government from the perspective of the private citizen and champion the most basic of principals: Liberty.