It's the beginning of a new year and that means for the next several months your County Council will be focused on next year's budget. This is always an exciting time because it's a time for new ideas and new opportunities to ensure that our priorities are straight and that we are focused on the things government should focus on. It's a great time for all of us, as citizens, to get involved and learn about the process and to speak our minds about the issues that are important to us.
Did you know that last year we made some changes to the way we handle public comments at council meetings? All you have to do now is show up. There is a signup sheet at the door - just put your name down and step up and speak your mind - any topic. So if you ever wanted a chance to speak your mind about your government's policies or spending or a problem in your neighborhood that needs addressing...just come on in and say it.
Of course, the opportunity is also there 24 hours a day for you to speak with your council representative. If you live in Council District 6, there are numerous ways to speak your mind: Phone, email, text, website, facebook, twitter, regular mail, office visit or you could even request a personal visit from me if needed. I'm sure the other council districts have similar avenues of contact. The bottom line is this: This is your home. Your County. Your money. Your Family. Your life. Your Rights. This is a great time to get involved and let your government know where you stand and what is important to you.
Over the next several months, I'll be looking for new opportunities to save money, increase public safety, maintain our roads, improve our efficiency and to serve our customers. It is my hope that we all will join this process to help keep Spartanburg the greatest place on earth to Live, Work and Play. God Bless!