Here's what he said last month, before the proposal was tabled:
"An effective leader takes into consideration employee concerns when making decisions. It should be taken seriously when people consistently complain about the building's infrastructure, parking, or working conditions. We want our county employees to feel safe at work and that their employer cares enough to listen. Also, employee satisfaction actually goes a long way to increase efficiency! On a final note, we should be looking at ways to modernize our government buildings to provide a suitable working environment and to alleviate costly future repairs needed working in neglected buildings. Allow the private sector to fix old buildings up, the government is not in the business of being exceptional property owners or landlords."Seth is one of five Republicans running for five at-large seats on County Council this year. He recently announced his candidacy, and this is part of what he said:
I am a father of two, a devout Christian, and a lover of his community. This community has molded me into what I am today.
I have on several occasions such as college at Penn State or with the United States Marine Corps, fighting in the war in Iraq, left my community only to find myself wishing to return. This community I cherish as my own. This is my home.
Today, I am formally announcing my candidacy to run for Northampton County Council. I am running because of my passion for better government, my desire to propel our county into the future, and to be apart of the next generation younger, energetic, public servants.
My vision for the county is straightforward. I wish to accomplish while on council the following:
1. The preservation of Gracedale Nursing home.
2. Holding the line on taxes
3. Work closely with our counties economic development team to encourage small and large business to set up shop here in Northampton County
4. The Continuation of the Open Space Initiative
5. The Modernization of our unsafe county buildings and our outdated Jail.
6. The formation of a separate committee dedicated to the improvement of our county bridges.
7. Eliminating wasteful spending by working closely with the county executive
8. Provide voters easy and open access to their elected official
9. Never ever allow the gambling of our tax dollars such as a swaption to occur while im on council
Financially, there are tough times ahead.
Our county budget is getting slim and uncertainty is high at the state level with regards to funding. Our economy is not growing yet our taxes continue to rise. Bipartisan supported legislation is required to accomplish the needs of our county without having to raise taxes.
I am the son of a single working mother who worked two jobs while growing up to make ends meet. I was taught early on the work involved with balancing a budget and spending efficiently. If you are concerned with the prospects of tax increases on the county level please rest assured a vote with me will be a vote for holding the line on taxes.
My pledge to you is that I will not just keep a seat warm on council but will advocate for the needs of our county. I will work for the most reasonable and cost effective solutions to county issues.
I will do the research and involve voters in my decisions. I am asking for you to support a driven and committed individual to lead this county forward. To bring a fresh new perspective on the issues. Please Northampton County, PUT ME TO WORK FOR YOU. Also, check out my website which will be up and running in the next few weeks at: www.votesethvaughn.com.