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March 6, 2014

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“I am committed to bring the best interest of all the electorate into every board room decision,” Bullard continued. “I will never accept the current tax and spend, ‘tax-o-matic’ trend we all see today.”

Bullard served 35 years on the village board of Bluford, 10 years on the Jefferson County American Red Cross board of directors and served 20 years on the GenFed Credit Union Board of Directors.

“Past boards have always been entrusted to take care of our courthouse,” Bullard said. “This was part of their job, and they failed. Now, they are asking us to sacrifice again and vote for a second increase in taxes — this time to pay for repairs they failed to make in our courthouse. Despite numerous public requests, they have refused to consider paying for repairs with budget adjustments. When elected, I will not support this new tax. I will only support courthouse repairs with well planned adjustments to the county’s financial budget.”

Bullard said he believes the county board should meet in other communities of Jefferson County at least four times each year.

“County government is not some ‘ivory tower’ we visit,” Bullard said. “The county government needs to visit the place they represent and meet the people who elected them. They need to travel the roads, see the schools, the businesses and homes. There should never be a forgotten half in Jefferson County. As your county board member, I will push to have these meetings in our community.”

Bullard also said cutting the number of police officers when there are budget cuts is a tactic which threatens public safety and wastes money.

“The safety of citizens of Jefferson County cannot be sacrificed and as residents of the forgotten half, we know all too well how that feels,” Bullard said. “As your county board member, I would never support any reduction in emergency personnel without proof safety is never compromised and taxpayer money would be saved.”

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