I am an advocate
Your Private Property Rights.
Private property rights are at the top of my list of things I
will continue to fight for and protect. I believe every
use should be allowed unless explicitly forbidden by law.
The left believes every use is forbidden unless approved.
These are two fundamentally different positions. I believe
Government through more and more regulation cannot fix all
things. Government should have minimal reach into our
lives and only provide the basic essentials. Government is
created by the people to serve the people and the more
regulation we create, the more freedoms we lose. Since my election
in January of 2015 I immediately started work on improving our
Land Use Codes. Currently the Interim Land Use Code is
nearly complete and in a couple months work will begin to update
the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 2010.
In the 2016 budget I voted for a zero percent (0%)
increase in property taxes that was ultimately passed
by the majority of the board. On January 27th of 2016 I
proposed that the Board of County Commissioners give a minimum
of 5 million dollars back to the taxpayers as a one-time
property tax credit. This would have been roughly a 12%
reduction in next year's property taxes.
Low taxes will enable businesses to grow and hire more
employees. Low taxes
will also allow you to save or spend your money as you see fit.
I believe budget surpluses acquired due to over taxation
threatens prosperity and hinders growth to the local economy.
I do not believe taxation should be used as a means to
*Appointing A County Administrator??
My opponent Chris
Fillios supports the appointment of a County Administrator.
do not support appointing a
County Administrator. As a Kootenai County
Commissioner you are one of three commissioners that is in
charge of an 81 million dollar budget that oversees 18
departments and work alongside the other elected officials in
varying degrees. All three commissioners have to be
equally informed on all decisions that affect the daily business
of the county. Hiring one individual to oversee the daily
operations of the county is giving too much power to a single
individual and is not what the founders of this country had
envisioned. Not to mention this form of government was
soundly defeated a few years ago by the citizens of Kootenai
County. In my opinion commissioners are elected to do the
job they were elected by the people to do and not pass their
responsibility and duties to an unelected position.
All Of The People Of Kootenai County.
Kootenai County has a culturally diverse population.
I believe everyone should be treated equally, fairly and
with respect regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sex,
national origin, age, or disability.
*An Open And
I believe government is representative of the people and
the people should have access to its government.
I also believe government should operate efficiently.
An open and transparent government promotes equality,
accountability, and fairness and provides information for
citizens about what their Government is doing.
If you were to ask most people, they would say we are a
Democracy. The truth
is we are a Republic.
In a Democracy 51% beats 49% which means the minority has
no rights. In a
Republic everyone is protected equally by the Constitution, Bill
of Rights and the rule of law.
Below are a few examples:
The Pledge of Allegiance states, "and to the Republic for
which it stands, one nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty
and justice for all."
Outside Independence Hall at the close of the
Constitutional Convention of 1787, Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia
asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a
Republic or a Monarchy?"
Benjamin Franklin responded, "A Republic, if you can keep
U.S. Constitution - Article 4 Section 4
States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican
Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against
Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the
Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against
Our Founders very much feared
creating a government that had too many aspects of a pure
democracy. They feared the destructiveness that a majority might
have in trying to make everyone equal, and in the process taking
away property, rights of property, and with it our basic
freedoms which they considered "God given Freedoms." They very
much feared the development of the Robin Hood mentality we are
seeing today – soak the rich and give to the poor. It is a
democratic drift toward socialism. "OBAMACARE" is a prime
Kootenai County Employees.
Kootenai County employee retention, morale, and fair
compensation remain a high priority of mine. The previous
Board of County Commissioners paid out tens of thousands of
dollars to settle employee claims. Over the past several
months I have brought forward changes to the county personnel
policy that in my opinion reduces liability to Kootenai County.
So far there have been no dollars spent to settle employee
claims in 2015. Although more work needs to be done, we
are starting to see improvements in these troubled areas.
I have met with
numerous county employees and have found that a lot of them work
40 to 50 hours a week for the county and then have to work a
second job to make ends meet.
I believe corrective action should be taken to mitigate
the long-term damages and expense to the county by re-evaluating
the pay scale of all Kootenai County employees.
My opponent has stated "Stewart voted for a wage increase
where his wife works." In March of 2015 I voted to adjust
the pay of Sworn Patrol Sheriff Deputies and Sworn Sheriff
Command Staff. My wife works at the Sheriff's department
as a civilian and did not receive any increase in pay. My
opponent by choice of his words would have you believe other
wise. Smoke and mirrors as usual!