Paul McKibben reports:
Fox News Channel interviewed Warren County Commissioner Dave Young this morning on the network “Fox & Friends” program where he talked about the county’s conservative fiscal management.
Young’s appearance on the national program was a day after The Enquirer reported the county is one of nine in Ohio with zero general obligation limited-tax debt as of Dec. 15. It’s the only one in Southwest Ohio with that distinction.
During the roughly 4-minute segment, headlines such as “Debt Free!”, “What The Nation Can Learn” and “Shocking: No tax debt?!?” were displayed.
“Running a government and living within your means (is) not hard,” Young said. “So really the folks in Washington should try to put aside some of their own petty concerns and say ‘let’s be a statesman. Let’s step up and try to do what’s right for the country.”
Young said the county does “balanced-growth” and explained the county is home to 200,000 residents outside of Cincinnati. Companies such as Procter & Gamble and Cintas have facilities in the county. Young mentioned fun places and/or events such as Kings Island and the Western & Southern Open.
“What we try to do is actually foster an environment where people and businesses want to come to Warren County,” he said.
Young was asked about his county government’s labor unions. He said the county has mostly a good working relationship with its employees and most aren’t in a union.
His advice to Washington: Live within your means, be fiscally conservative all the time and save.
The county is projected to have about a $20 million reserve fund next year.