Mark Reid serves as Collin County Commissioner for Precinct 1, representing West Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Celina and Northwest McKinney. He recently authored a list of reasons concerning our own money to vote in the Collin County election.
When it comes to spending your money, you know exactly what you want. You work to get ahead, spend money to enjoy life, and save for the future. Most people don’t make the connection between their personal money and local elections, but it’s your money that’s being spent by the candidates you elect.
Since County elections affect your bottom line, here are three ways your vote makes a difference:
1. Building and maintaining roads and bridges – Collin County is growing, and traffic affects your daily life. Know where your candidate stands on the issue of budgets for road and transportation projects. Find out how accessible candidates are for dialogue and input, or know their track record for fiscal responsibility.
2. Public safety and service – County commissioners determine the number, type, and compensation of county employees. Salaries and benefits for public employees are crippling local governments in other counties and states, and fiscally responsible elected officials must plan ahead to effectively manage human resource needs while maintain quality services. Your vote for a financially-responsible candidate is a vote for balance in services and protection.
3. Business growth – Low taxes and a strong tax base attract businesses and families. The candidate you select is a vote for the future of Collin County. County Commissioners plan and budget for projects that benefit citizens and businesses in your local area.
You may have thought that local elections are dull and boring. But when your money is being used for things that affect your quality of life and the value of your property, it gets a lot more exciting. Early Voting runs through Feb. 28, and Election Day is Tuesday, March 4.