I was told the summer following the budget process would be rather quiet and relaxing. As many of you have seen, this has turned out not to be the case. As we all knew, however, changing things up a little is never easy and rarely happens without some heartache and growing pains.
One of the main concerns I heard when talking with people over the last year is a dissatisfaction with the status quo. Doing things that we've always done in the same 'ole ways rarely gets new results. One of the many things that has impressed me with the current council is its determination to not only look for challenges that may impede our goal to be the most efficient and productive county in the nation, but its willingness to meet those challenges head-on and make the necessary, and often difficult decisions to make necessary changes. I, for one, have made the commitment to you not to turn
a blind eye to things that need changing. The burden is, however, on all of us to be informed and involved so that we have a good handle on not only what is going on, but what should be going on. The representatives you put in place can only act on information that they have. I am of the opinion that the more informed a person is, the better their ability to correctly assess and address these challenges. One of our challenges moving forward will be determining what county government should be doing and then committing ourselves and our resources to doing that well. With all of us working together for the common goal, I am confident that we will not only be a more productive and efficient county, but a much stronger and prosperous one as well.
Over the last several weeks you have undoubtedly seen or heard many news reports of the many changes going on in our county government. While some of the things we've had to deal with have, for legal reasons, occurred in closed session, it is my ongoing commitment to you that anything I can share with you, I will. I commit to you that anytime there is a debate as to having an open or closed meeting, I will lobby for the open meeting. I have a YouTube channel that contains full videos from all of our open meetings so that you can see for yourself what happened instead of totally relying on news reports. I give a "County Update" every 2nd Tuesday at the Westside Library on Oak Grove @ 7:00pm. I have a facebook page and a website where you can find links to just about all that we do. Please contact me if you would like for me to talk with your HOA about any concerns you have. Misinformation is an absolute killer to progress and anything we can do to get you the full truth is my commitment to you.
I know for many of us on council, some of our recent decisions have been some of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make. Dealing with the livelihoods of friends and families in our community is a very serious matter and one we don't take lightly. We have, however, been charged with a much greater task: Stewardship of the resources and the trust of the People of Spartanburg County.
In closing, I want to take a moment to mention the passing of a True American Hero, Friend, and Brother: Capt. J. David Hortman. He was a living super hero and will be forever remembered for his love of God, Family, and Country. God Bless.