Editor, The Ada News:
This letter is to citizens of Pontotoc County, but more particularly to the people of District 2. I want to thank all who supported me in my bid for re-election. Although we fell a little short, I am proud of the accomplishments we were able to achieve in my term in office.
There is one goal yet to be attained that the people can help realize. That is to vote "yes" on Nov. 6 on a proposed tax for volunteer fire departments, Call-A-Ride, Pontotoc County Nutrition Centers and Pontotoc County Emergency Management. This small amount of money, 3/16th of a penny, will support vital services of our county.
Call-A-Ride is very important to our county and depended upon by numerous citizens. It provides necessary transportation for health care appointments such as chemo treatments and dialysis, transportation to jobs and for day-to-day basic needs of our senior citizens. With a $103,000 reduction in funding for fiscal year 2013, Call-A-Ride has had to make some very difficult decisions just to remain open this year. All employees received a 20 percent pay cut, and all part-time employees were let go due to these cutbacks. Your “yes” vote will give Call-A-Ride the funding necessary to continue to supply this service for our community as well as provide an opportunity to apply for matching grants that have been unattainable until now.
As Pontotoc County continues to grow, our nutrition centers become more and more important. Approving this sales tax will provide necessary funds for much-needed improvements and accessories to all nutrition centers and the possibility of new sites around the county.
Pontotoc County Emergency Management and our county fire departments will also receive the funding that is so desperately needed to allow them to continue to protect people and property not only from fires but also in other times of crisis, such as vehicle accidents, medical emergencies and natural disasters. Our volunteer fire departments cannot survive on donations and grants alone.