Another change of plans had another candidate addressing the crowd solo during last night’s political forum.
In the District One Board of Commissioners race, Gary Bennett, the challenger to Incumbent Horace Harper was unable to attend due to having to work out of town.
Harper was given the same opportunity that Jody Cooley received, and that was up to ten minutes to address the audience in attendance. Harper said he was grateful of the S.P.L.O.S.T. that the citizens of Elbert County passed in past elections.
“The citizens of this county voted for the SPLOST, and the county really has to use that SPLOST to keep everything running, without having to rely solely on property taxes”, said Harper.
One thing, Harper said that he is most proud of, is the fact the Elbert County is debt free.
“The county does not owe one nickel to anybody, except for ourselves”, explained Harper. “When we built the fire stations, we borrowed the money from ourselves, and we are paying ourselves back $40,000 a month, but we do not owe anybody anything.”
Harper also pointed out that the county just recently finished out the most recent fiscal year with a one hundred and ninety thousand dollar surplus.
Harper’s opponent in November will be Gary Bennett, both running for the District One Board of Commissioners seat.