Bill Chapman and Frank Day go head-to-head for District 1 Commission spot

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM.

Chapman:I will push for a comprehensive review of all county ordinances that have placed an undue burden on business. There are confusing and duplicated requirements in the land code and comprehensive plan that is cumbersome and detrimental to those that want to start or expand a business. I want to streamline this process to make this county more business friendly.

Day:I believe we need more channels for collaborating with the citizens of Walton County. I would envision holding town hall meetings around the district to gain valuable insight on citizen’s desires, and the community's ideas. I believe we should embark on a visioning process with the public and let the public decide Walton County's priorities for the future.

If you were gifted $100 million dollars, how would you spend it to make the county better?

Chapman:I would work with citizen and government committees to identify needs within the entire county that would expand our economic growth, i.e. occupational/technical training, water and sewer expansion and incentives to attract new business. I would also find and support programs that would benefit our growing population of senior citizens. These needs would be prioritized to get the most from every dollar.

Day:I would pay off the county debt, including debt to widen the 331 bridge, which would in turn allow us to end the additional sales tax and allow Walton County to compete with our neighbors to the east and west. We need to pay off this debt so our children won't have to pay it. These are my ideas: Ultimately the citizens of Walton County would decide. I would seek public input and listen to what the citizens think is best use of these dollars.

What else would you like voters to know?

Chapman:I will provide leadership to the board. I am a fiscal conservative. It is the people’s money; the people have a right to know how, when, where and why it is being spent. I believe in open government and the rights of the people to know what is going on within their government.

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