Editor’s Note: This letter is being published in response to a letter by District 19 Wilson County Commissioner L.T. Jenkins which appeared on this page in the July 9 edition.To the Editor: I have heard from many voters in my district wanting me to respond to my opponent’s letter to the editor. I have chosen after much consideration and prayer to respond to the comments of my opponent’s letter to the editor. My opponent keeps trying to cloud the truth concerning his resolution where he wanted to give us an annual tax increase. Resolution 08-9-7, calls for an annual property tax increase with his signature as the sponsor--thankfully this resolution failed. But as he has told everyone, in commission meetings, newspapers, the political forum, and other places that he did vote for the 20-cent property tax increase, but that he didn’t raise our taxes by himself. But my major concern is that my opponent sponsored an automatic/every year property tax increase (resolution 08-9-7) and an automatic/every year cost of living increase (resolution 08-9-6). We are living in tough, hard economic times when many of our citizens are out of work and have been for a long time. We cannot afford this type of thinking and this type of governmental waste must stop. My opponent also stated that I have been critical of the commissioners giving them self a raise four years ago, I have not. What I have been vocal in my campaigning, is that I do have a big problem with my opponent filing the resolution for a 25 percent raise for himself as a court officer and for the other court officer from $75 a day, to $100 a day (resolution 08-12-6) the 25 percent raise for my opponent was approved. After the resolution 08-12-6 went up for vote in the commission meeting, my opponent stated that he did have an interest in the outcome of this Resolution, but he is voting his conscience and for his constituents-then he voted YES. How can you as an employee of Wilson County (court officer), vote to increase our tax dollars for self gain to increase your pay and benefits as a county employee (Court Officer). During the political forum my opponent said, “He wasn’t really qualified to make that decision” concerning unified fire service for our county. I’m really shocked that a county commissioner would respond that he was not qualified to make that decision. That is the commissioner’s decision to make if it comes before them. I will make that decision! My opponent stated that one person can’t change things, it take’s a majority of 13. I will work with all 24 other commissioners’, and I will make a difference. I am able and ready to make hard decisions for the good of our county. I am ready to represent all of District 19, and all of our Wilson County. I have all the above listed resolutions and commission meeting minutes and more. There are many more issues, but I will save those for another day. If you would like to see copies of the resolutions or any of the other papers please give me a call at 416-3344 or email: GLOVERFOR19@yahoo.com William Glover19th District Commission CandidateLebanon
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