We, The People. May - Second Edition

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May 24,2011

Roger A. Nutt

Council District 6 Representative

 

Our County Council has been so busy lately that I felt it was necessary to give a second update this month. You should be very proud of all 7 of your council members who have really been working hard to look out for you and your money during this tough budget year.

2011-2012 Budget
This budget year has proven to be another tough one. I am enthused about council's willingness to dig even deeper looking for waste before going for the easy gouging of our "outside agencies" like the seniors and child advocacy centers. We have been successful and even took the bold step of not giving our proposed budget a second reading due to some of these unresolved issues. Our statement to us as taxpayers is that we are not moving forward until these items are dealt with and our money is being spent efficiently. Please let your representatives know how you feel on this and every issue.

ICLEI
This was an issue brought to me by some taxpayers who were really on their toes. It's an issue that would have gone largely unnoticed but has actually gotten some big attention across the country. Spartanburg County had become a member of this group with funding help from the SPATS committee. It is my understanding that Spartanburg is the only county in the state that is a member and opted to join in order to have equal standing with the City of Spartanburg on the Spartanburg Sustainability Advisory Committee. The International Coalition for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is a United Nations-backed group that among other items, has a strong belief that private property ownership and control is not "sustainable" and that land should, and must be used for the good of society as a whole. For the record, I am not a conspiracy theorist. I do not believe that men in blue uniforms are going to march into Spartanburg and take away our property and put it under UN control. I do

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We, The People. May - 2nd Edition

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May 24,2011

Roger A. Nutt

Council District 6 Rep

Our County Council has been so busy lately that I felt it was necessary to give a second update this month.  You should be very proud of all 7 of your council members who have really been working hard to look out for you and your money during this tough budget year. 

2011-2012 Budget
This budget year has proven to be another tough one.  I am enthused about council's willingness to dig even deeper looking for waste before going for the easy gouging of our "outside agencies" like the seniors and child advocacy centers.  We have been successful and even took the bold step of not giving our proposed budget a second reading due to some of these unresolved issues.  Our statement to us as taxpayers is that we are not moving forward until these items are dealt with and our money is being spent efficiently.  Please let your representatives know how you feel on this and every issue.

ICLEI
This was an issue brought to me by some taxpayers who were really on their toes.  It's an  issue that would have gone largely unnoticed but has actually gotten some big attention across the country.  Spartanburg County had become a member of this group with funding help from the SPATS committee.  It is my understanding that Spartanburg is the only county in the state that is a member and opted to join in order to have equal standing with the City of Spartanburg on the Spartanburg Sustainability Advisory Committee.  The International Coalition for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is a United Nations-backed group that among other items, has a strong belief that private property ownership and control is not "sustainable" and that land should, and must be used for the good of society as a whole.  For the record, I am not a conspiracy theorist.  I do not believe that men in blue uniforms are going to march into Spartanburg and take away our property and put it under UN control.  I do Read more...
 

We, The People. May Edition

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"We, The People."

May 9, 2011

Roger A. Nutt, Council

District 6 Representative

www.rogernutt.com; Facebook

 

Well, April is behind us along with Spring Breaks, Easter holidays and white chocolate Reese's Easter eggs.  This is the time of the year when I actually wish I had more kids - with more Easter baskets.  I know everyone has been busy and County Council is no exception.  It's budget time again and things are moving fast.  As I have stated many times, I am extremely encouraged at the willingness (so far) of my fellow council members to ask the tough questions this time around.  Our desire to cut the budget and get lean is strong and I see some council members really willing to take a stand and say "No" instead of "Oh, well".  Please take note when the votes are taken as to who stood up for us as taxpayers and let them hear your voice. 

 

Some of the things we did this month were highly publicized so many of you may have some questions.  I'll try to touch on those things here but if you'd like to get more detailed information about what went on this month, please go to my facebook page or my website. In this article I will try to summarize and also clear up some of the misinformation going around. 

 

Parks and Recreation

The 'big news' this month is our decision to put the Parks and Recreation Department (P&R) under the direct supervision of the county administrator.  Now that I've said what it is, let me explain what it is not.....

 

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"We, The People." 3-28-11

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First of all, I want to say that my prayers and the prayers of my family are with all the families affected by the tragedy in Cleveland Park.  It is in times like these that we can only take comfort in the knowledge that there is a greater purpose than our fleeting lives on this earth.  Take this opportunity to love and enjoy your children and all your fellow man with the time that you are given. 

 

March General Session

 

County-Wide Smoking Ban  

For a third consecutive month, we heard more information from those favoring a county-wide smoking ban.  One of the items discussed was the long-term effects of second-hand smoke on an establishment’s employees.  It was discussed that these employees could not simply quit their jobs (especially in this economy) and go somewhere that did not allow smoking.  At first glance this seemed like a very viable 

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We, The People. 2-28-11

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I have to admit, one of the ways I like to relax at the end of a long day is to climb in bed and watch some Fox News programs that I recorded earlier in the day.  Needless to say, I don't feel very relaxed when I'm done.  What we're seeing now with the yelling, screaming and turmoil in the streets is not very calming -- not to mention what's going on in the Middle East.  All joking aside, it’s disheartening to see our country so divided when so many people are hurting and wanting any kind of work.   As a people, we have lost sight of what our government was placed here to do, and the push is on to try to get that focus back.  Having said that, in contrast I’m starting to see a great focus from our County Council on some real issues - some of which we were able to deal with in our February General Session.  The focus: Smaller, less intrusive government. 

 

February General Session...

 

 

   

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