Local Positions

  1. HOME RULE (1965, 1976-77, 1984, 1988, reviewed 2002, revised 2005)
    1. Support of Charter Home Rule with a full-time administrative director as the best form of government for Washington County.
    2. Support code home rule as an alternative method to have home rule in Washington County.
  2. HOUSING (1965-66, 1976, reviewed 2002)
    1. Support additional public housing facilities and the development of a housing policy for Washington County
    2. Support of the local non-profit housing corporations
  3. PLANNING AND ZONING (1996-67, 1974-75, revised 1989-90, reviewed 2002, 2005)
    1. Support a long-range Comprehensive Plan for Washington County, which includes a Planning and Zoning Study.
    2.  Support agricultural land preservation.
    3. Support a planning growth pattern utilizing established criteria for land development and preservation.
    4. Support continued protection of water resources including municipal watershed and supply areas.
    5. Support historic preservation.
    6. Support opportunities for public input in the planning process through informational meetings and public hearings.
  4. COOPERATION BETWEEN COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS (1970-71, 1974, REVISED 2002)
    1. Support the creation of an independent group to
      1. ) ascertain where cooperation, coordination and consolidation are desirable and
      2. ) recommend methods and mechanisms to support needed changes.
    2. Support the establishment of a non-governmental organization to identify area-wide problems and to create solutions.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT (1973, 1980 updated for information only, reviewed 2002)
    1. Support continued up-grading of coordination and cooperation of the law enforcement agencies serving Washington County and those initiatives that would accomplish these efforts.
  6. TAX STRUCTURE AND FISCAL POLICIES OF WASHINGTON COUNTY (1975-76, reviewed 2002)
    1. Recognizing that inequities exist, we recommend that an independent study be conducted to determine areas of tax duplication.
    2. Support tax differentials where duplication exists.
    3. Support services sharing where duplication occurs.
  7. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE (1982-83, reviewed 2002, Title changed 2008)
    1. Support spousal abuse intervention programs in Washington County.
    2. Support funding of spousal abuse intervention programs through state and local governments.
    3. Support use of private and grant monies as supplemental support.
  8. CHILD CARE OPTIONS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY (1984-85, 1990-91, reviewed 2002)
    1. Support adequate staffing and funding levels for agencies that oversee and provide resources to family day care and center care facilities.
    2. Local government should provide funding and resources for extended day care.
  9. EDUCATION (1983-84, 1984-85, revised 2003)
    1. Support the election of School Board members in staggered terms.
    2. Secure fiscal resources from local, staff and federal sources: legislative bodies must ensure full and appropriate funding for all mandates.
    3. Support development of programs to ensure equity and quality throughout the system.
    4. Recruit, hire, and retain quality staff
      1. Provide consistent professional development year round.
      2. Reward achievement and professionalism of everyone involved in the education of students.
    5. Ensure availability of guidance and counseling services for all students.
    6. Continue the development of technical and trades programs.
    7. Increase the use of technology by students, teachers, administration and management.
    8. Consider alternative allocation of time to improve achievement.
    9. Provide for the gifted and talented students at all levels.
  10. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (1988, reviewed 2002)
    1. Support economic development that is diversified, targeting industry/business that is beneficial to the community.
    2. Support infrastructure. Water, sewer, utilities, that adequately service desired growth, both industrial/business and residential.
    3. Support protection of the environment through regulation and monitoring of industries.
    4. Support upgrading transportation — air, roads, rail, and addressing future needs.
    5. Support protection of farmland and historic sites through zoning.
    6. Support education as an economic tool.
    7. Update of Comprehensive Plan, and Zoning Regulations, as tools for land use.
    8. Implementation of Strategic Plan as a way to identify and address critical issues.

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