Broadband availability has never been as important as it is now. The pandemic exposed an infrastructure deficiency in relationship to our children’s education and work-from-home professionals. Millions of dollars in federal taxpayer funds are sitting, intended for pandemic relief to our community. If the pandemic has shown us anything is that a broadband connection and a reliable one at that, is as important today as the telephone once was to the generations before. These funds must be used wisely and for something we will have for years to come and benefit all taxpayers.
We all know that the further you get away from Interstate 95 the less of a priority roads become according to VDOT smart scale system.
8 million dollars was recently approved in the November bond referendum that is intended for rural roads; those funds must be put to the best use possible in the rural areas and rural areas only!
Constituent and citizen input is needed and welcomed when elected. Upkeep and improvements to our rural roads is a must.
One of the main jobs entrusted in the Board of Supervisors is ensuring that all infrastructure needs are fulfilled. On top of the emerging broadband and long-standing road demands, we are always required to focus on public safety, school and county buildings, and parks & rec facilities. Fire station response times need to improve in Livingston, being that it is one of the largest districts in the county. We are constantly told, “not a lot of people visit that park so your fields or playgrounds do not need as much attention” as the others; or “that road is less traveled so maintenance and upkeep can slip by the wayside,” or “your schools and other facilities are not in the major growth areas, so good luck with funding for that.” Livingston citizens pay the same taxes as all other Spotsylvania County residents but for the most part are a self-sufficient low pace area of the county. I will fight to ensure we get the same quality and service as other districts in the county.
As a lifelong resident, I have seen the county rapidly change. Livingston still maintains the sense of a rural community. I plan to keep it as such with a comprehensive strategy. As a part of the Planning Commission, we are required to annually address the county’s comprehensive plan. My voting record on that committee speaks for itself. Slowing urban sprawl can be controlled through “Build by Right”, large parcel single family dwellings, and rejection of developer applications that lack considerations for county infrastructure reimbursements. Slowing the residential growth of the county also affords the Board of Supervisors an opportunity to entertain maintaining or cutting taxes.