Mike Pastor 2012: No Substitute for Integrity
Posted: Tuesday, Oct 2nd, 2012
Iím Mike Pastor and Iím running for re-election as your Gila County District II Supervisor. I am a full time Supervisor and I have worked hard to provide effective leadership and transparent county government. I am a budget ďhawkĒ and have insisted on fiscal accountability in every department of county government. I know the value of your tax dollars and will continue ensuring that your every penny is wisely spent.
I have worked to grow and diversify our economy and have led efforts to improve critical infrastructure. I have experience working with all levels of government from local school boards to Washington, D.C. I will continue to support and fight for our mining and ranching industries that are so vital to Gila County. I have worked as a community volunteer for over thirty years and know firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities like ours. I believe that good government is based on personal integrity, professional experience, and fiscal accountability. I ask for your vote and hope youíll join me in ensuring that Gila County has four more years of effective leadership and fiscal accountability.
Effective Leadership and Efficient/Transparent County Government
A new, professional management team has been recruited to manage county operations and finances. Quarterly leadership meetings are held with department heads to ensure that the county leadership team is focused on quality and continually improving customer service. Cost saving technologies has been implemented to better manage collections, payments, and communication systems. These systems have reduced county-wide travel requirements and provide cost savings for both the public and the county.
A new Land Use Resource Policy Plan has been adopted to help ensure that state and federal land use decisions are properly coordinated with county government. This is an important aspect of protecting the property rights of all our citizens.
A Community Wild Fire Protection Plan has been developed to protect people and property in Southern Gila county. A new building code has been adopted and numerous reforms have been implemented to improve services and shorten timelines for planning, zoning, and construction projects. A draft Unified Development Code has been produced that will help ensure an efficient comprehensive planning and development process while protecting the public health and safety as well as the environment.
I have ensured that county financial audits are current at all times so that there is no question concerning the integrity of county finances. The past four years have been a difficult time for local governments, with many counties and municipalities finding themselves in financial distress or even bankruptcy. I am proud to report to you that Gila County is financially solvent and that the Board of Supervisors hasnít increased your taxes or reduced services over the past two budget cycles.
I will continue working with county finance and procurement managers to establish a formal procurement process that vendors must follow in order to provide services to the county. Large contracts must be awarded to the lowest qualified bidder and not be handed out as political favors. Many new fiscal policies and procedures have been adopted to better manage employee travel, take home vehicles, cell phone use, purchase orders, invoices, and requests for proposals. Expenditure details are now reviewed weekly by the Board of Supervisors, and the budgeting process has been improved to better ensure the quality and timeliness of budget data and compliance.
Infrastructure Development and Economic
As a businessman, I know that economic growth depends on adequate infrastructure. We must have adequate roads, bridges, water supplies, wastewater systems, and recreational amenities to retain existing businesses and to attract new businesses and residents to our communities. Infrastructure jump-starts the growth that expands both our economy and tax base. I have worked to improve transportation infrastructure throughout the county, including roads and/or bridges in Six Shooter Canyon, Ice House Canyon, Central Heights, Vertical Heights, Tonto Basin, Control Road, and Pine and Strawberry. I have assisted with wastewater projects in Miami and Claypool and a water line project in Pine Creek Canyon. The county has also invested in a new Public Works and Community Development facilities in Russell Gulch and in solar paneling at the courthouse and Central Heights facility parking areas. I have supported improvements at the Center for the Arts and the Old Dominion Park in Globe, and for Miamiís swimming pool and Bullion Plaza Museum and Cultural Center. I have also worked to enhance our public transit system and am supporting the possible development of a race track in Globe.
Our youth are our future, and education is a critical element of community growth and our quality of life. I served for nine years on the Globe School Board and two years on the Governing Board of Gila Community College. I worked diligently to ensure sound finances for our schools and to develop new educational assets. I worked to retire district bond debt and was involved in the remodeling of the Globe High School and the opening of High Desert Middle School. While serving on the Community College Board of Governors, I worked to reestablish cost-effective postsecondary education for the citizens of Gila County. I also served on the Community College Taskforce and assisted with the evaluation of future options for higher education in Gila County. I support work force training initiatives, the Regional Training Center at the Claypool Armory, and Paysonís efforts to develop a four year college program. I will continue to work for equitable funding for education at all levels, from kindergarten through college.
Volunteer organizations provide critical building blocks for community development. I have spent over 30 years as a volunteer with various community service organization, youth sports organizations, business groups, educational groups, and other civic organizations.
I appreciate the value these groups add to our communities and will continue to support their many worthy endeavors.
Paid for by the Committee to Re-Elect Mike Pastor