CREATING MORE NEW JOBS
When Bob first ran for County Council in 2014, creating new jobs was one of his top priorities. As a result, Spartanburg County has seen a tremendous increase in jobs and investments over the past four years, with more than 7200 new jobs and $4.2 billion in new investments.
At the end of 2017, Spartanburg County's unemployment rate
was the 9th lowest in the state at 3.9 percent compared to an
unemployment rate at the end of 2013 which was 7.7 percent.
GROWING OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY
More people are visiting Spartanburg County than ever
before. In fact, our county ranks No. 7 in South Carolina
for tourism. According to the latest statistics in 2016,
the number of visitors to Spartanburg County was
1.9 million tourists. Tourism has also generated
an economic impact of more than $212 million
while occupancy rates at hotels are around
74 percent and rising!
$25 ROAD MAINTENANCE FEE
Spartanburg County has too many roads in disrepair
and in need of upgrades. Bob is committed to
getting more roads paved, repaired and widened across Council District 5 and Spartanburg County. Bob Walker believes we should dedicate all revenue collected from the county's $25 annual road maintenance fee toward the costs to pave and repair our road and bridges. Currently, it is estimated more than 25 percent of this fund goes toward paying salaries and equipment instead of repairing roads and bridges.
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Bob Walker's Plan to Create a Better Future for Spartanburg County Council District #5 includes YOU
Bob Walker has always believed the best deterrent to crime is prosperity, which is one of the reasons he has worked so hard to create more new jobs. Additionally, Bob supports Sheriff Chuck Wright and the deputies of
his department and has voted to add more staff, upgrade training
and make their compensation more competitive with other law
enforcement in the state. Bob agrees with Sheriff Wright that county
inmates should be used to help remove litter and beautify our
roads. Bob Walker also wants to stop the practice of housing
citizens with mental health issues in the county detention facility.
HOLDING THE LINE ON TAXES
A longtime opponent of property taxes, Bob Walker has worked to
keep his promise not to raise these taxes during his first term on
County Council. Bob supports growing our economy to create more
tax revenue as opposed to efforts to increase the county's budget
through property taxes. At the same time, Bob believes in reviewing
county expenditures and identifying areas where we can be more
cost-efficient to save taxpayer resources and re-allocate tax dollars
to where they are needed most.
A FAIRER SHARE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND
Every year, counties across South Carolina pay for services that are required to be provided by state government (i.e. solicitor's office, probate court, magistrates, etc.). They are then reimbursed by the state's Local Government Fund. The problem is State Government has consistently underfunded the amount they send back to counties for the past 9 years. Just last year, the General Assembly provided the Local Government Fund with $4.5 million less than the tax revenue required under existing state statutes. In fact, Spartanburg County has been shorted nearly $27 million over the past 9 years. Bob Walker has been and will continue to work with the Spartanburg County delegation to receive the full amount of the Local Government Fund as required by state law.