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  David Stewart for KCC - District 2
PO Box 3023
Coeur d'Alene, ID  83816

Press Release - December 29, 2015
Kootenai County Commissioner David Stewart announced that he will seek a second term.....    Click here

Facebook post - January 30, 2016
On January 27, 2016 Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon presented the BOCC (Board Of County Commissioners) a draft fund balance report that indicates Kootenai County has in excess of 37 million dollars in our Unassigned Fund Balance. I proposed that the BOCC give a minimum of 5 million dollars back to the taxpayers as a one-time property tax credit. My proposal ultimately lost support of an additional vote and did not pass....      Click here

Facebook post - March 14, 2016
The field has been set....  It's STEWART vs. FILLIOS....  Let the campaigning begin!

I am an advocate of:

*Protecting 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.

*Low Taxes

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 redistribute wealth.

*Appointing A County Administrator??

My opponent Chris Fillios supports the appointment of a County Administrator.

I 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.

*Representing 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 Transparent Government.

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.

*An Honest Republic.

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:

1.  The Pledge of Allegiance states, "and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

2.  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 it."

3.  U.S. Constitution - Article 4 Section 4

The United 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 domestic Violence.

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 example.

*Fair Wages For 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!


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