Q & A with Lincoln County Commissioner Dist. 1 candidate Irving Hiatt

Published: Apr. 14, 2020 at 10:18 AM CDT
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Read our Q & A below with Lincoln County Commissioner District 1 candidate Irving Hiatt. We did not edit the candidate's responses.
What is your priority project? What is driving you to represent District 1 in the 2020 election?

Taxes are too high. One of my top priorities would be to seek out a way to reduce them. I am driven to represent District 1 in the 2020 election because I feel it’s time for a change.

How will you address road repair priorities? What is on your one/6 year road list?

Roads are always going to need attention. I would play an active role in ensuring the maintenance happens on a regular basis and kept up to grade.

What is the County’s role in Economic Development?

Counties are sponsors of the initiatives. I would intentionally search out prospective industry to offset what is happening with the railroad and other businesses in our community.

Thoughts on jail expansion and what that should look like? How do you see growth as a revenue generator?

I understand that we are in need of jail expansion because of all the functions our jail serves. I would need to compare all the expenses in comparison to the projected income to give an honest answer.

How are you going to control property taxes?

I would CUT SPENDING to control property taxes.

What is your budget priority in terms of controlling expenses?

In order for the budget to be a priority, I would pay close attention to the items that are brought to the table and distinctly determine the urgency and need.

What is going to be the County’s biggest challenge over the next four years?

In my opinion the County’s biggest challenge in the next four years will be the workforce.

Why should voters choose you as Commissioner? What separates you from other candidates?

I think voters should consider me as County Commissioner because I am honest, frugal,dependable, a strong leader, business owner for the last 56 years, and a lifetime resident of North Platte. I could make a difference, and perhaps it’s time for a change.

Do you support the actions taken by local government officials to combat the spread of COVID-19? What, if any, changes would you propose?

I support the actions taken by the local government officials to combat the spread of COVID-19. Most importantly, we need to ensure the community understands the seriousness, and abides by the COVID-19 regulations.

How will you support the economy now and after social distancing requirements end?

To give assistance to the economy now and after social distancing requirements, we need to move forward one day at a time. Once the virus is under control we will then make America great again!

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