The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local News

April 24, 2014

County Commission candidates express views on issues

(Continued)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 — Board of Commissioners – District 1

Mike Barbee (Republican)

Biographical information:  Personal: married to Shelia Eudy of Albemarle for almost 46 years; four children, six grandchildren.

A Stanly County native, he is a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.

Occupation:Retired from AT&T after 36 years, communication specialist for SDT of Mississippi for five years, and now employed part-time by Bass Pro Shops.

Background: Received certificates  from AT&T in electronics, fiber optic splicing and trouble shooting and locating.

He coached Dixie youth baseball and fast-pitch softball for 17 years.

He has been a member of the NC Beekeepers Association and Stanly County Beekeepers Association since 1997 and is a certified beekeeper.

He has for almost eight years served on the Stanly County School Board and chaired the facilities and finance committees.

1. I haven’t been happy with some decisions that have been made and I don’t feel that the best interest for all citizens have been taken into account. I feel if elected I will be able to work with all communities and focus on the count’s needs.

2. The economy and jobs go hand in hand but we can't forget about education either.

3. We need to reduce the red tape and help our small business and agriculture expand, As we see from our county seal we only have our people and agriculture left and we need to take advantage of any opportunity to promote agriculture to young people to keep them interested in our county’s assets.

4. I can’t support a tax increase just for the sake of a tax increase. Nobody has explained the need or what it will be used for and I believe it will hurt our small business in Stanly County. With the surrounding counties at a lower tax rate I don’t believe it would be a smart move. I heard that sales tax is the most fair tax and I believe that but to promote it just to have an unjustified tax increase. I just can’t do that.

5. I don’t forsee having to raise property taxes or cut county expenses or services. I do feel that if the circumstance faces us that we should be good stewards of the taxpayers money and evaluate all expenses and services before any tax increase. I hate waste and will look into unnecessary expenses.

6. I am concerned about the proposed bypass around Locust and I think the public needs more input on this, Also money has been appropriated for sewer line extensions that have not been put in place

7. I think it will more fairly represent all parts of the county by having representatives from each sector. It remains to be seen how well it will work and be used and may have to be tweaked

8. Just thought of Johnny Cash’s “Green Green Grass of Home.” I know there is still hope for our county.

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