CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - WBTV's Sharon Smith sent a questionnaire to candidates running for the District 5 seat.
Bill Griffin's answers are below:
Explain where you stand on the property revaluation process. Do you think it needs to be improved?
It is a mess! I would immediately begin working with State legislators, including our own Speaker Tillis and Majority Whip Samuelson to look at how state mandates could potentially be changed in the General Assembly to help remedy some of procedural issues. A large portion of our valuations are handled with technology and seeing that we have some pretty messed up valuations I don't think continued reliance on a computer to do the job is the answer. My plan includes the forming of a Blue Ribbon Panel of Realtors, Real Estate Appraisers, and Citizens with knowledge and interest in the revaluation process to work with the Mecklenburg Delegation and The General Assembly to work out the details of the process.
Where do your budget priorities fall? Are there areas where you see the county could save money?
Mecklenburg County must provide Core Services that individuals cannot provide themselves: Roads, Infrastructure, and Education while assuring Public Safety for all Citizens! The specific areas that I would cut are those items with marginal relevance. As a county, we must be wise in making all decisions but we begin with fiscal responsibility, common sense, and ultimately holding people accountable.
Where do you stand on consolidation?
I am firmly opposed to it. I believe that we passed the time of consolidation years ago. The majority of services that can be consolidated reasonably and economically have been consolidated. There is a reason that you have separation of municipal power and consolidating that power would very easily lead to even more waste and abuse than we see today. In order to give all the surrounding towns proper representation, the Consolidated Board would be entirely to big to operate as a Effective and Efficient Board.
County Commissioners have been criticized for their inability to get along at times. How would you improve communication and relationships?
One of my main campaign positions is to bring Civility and Stability back to the board. I've been a successful business owner and operator for 30 years in the most regulated industry in the nation – healthcare. I have a great deal of experience in dealing with government agencies and officials at local, state and a national level that none of my competitors can bring to the table. For years I have successfully worked with individuals from various background and cultures and have a history of bringing people together.
Is there one issue or concern that motivated you to enter the race more than any other?