Direction is top issue for District 2 commission candidates

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L-R: Incumbent Dan Holub, Challenger Jim Herzet

Incumbent Republican Commissioner Dan Holub from Marion County?s Second District will face a Democrat challenger, Jim Herzet, in the Nov. 4 general election.

A question to voters on the same ballot?whether to approve a bond based on sales tax for the construction of a new jail and communications center?appears to be a pivotal issue for the two candidates.

However, both said it is an issue that needed to be brought before the voters.

Herzet is a former public works director for the county who resigned the position. He said that isn?t so much an issue as his concern with the sort of judgment being exercised on the county commission.

He said the jail is an example of poor judgment on the part of commissioners because it wasn?t planned well enough in advance, and then the planning was rushed to present it to the public in time for the election.

More information should have been disseminated to the public earlier in the process, he said.

?I would let the voters decide on the jail question,? Herzet said. ?Then we would have to prepare to make decisions based on what they say.

?A commissioner must exercise judgment and discretion on many subjects.?

Holub said the jail proposal is the latest in the efforts he and the other commissioners have made in ?implementation of revenue sources available to Marion County other than strictly taxes.?

He ?strongly? supports the jail exactly as it is proposed.

?I would like to ask the voters when considering this issue to look at the future,? he said.

Holub said without prisoners from other jurisdictions to pay rent to offset Marion County jail costs, the county will be in a position of paying ever-increasing taxes to meet the costs.

He likened it to the previous failure of a movement to locate a regional landfill near Marion, which ?condemned us? to paying ever-increasing trash costs, he said.

Holub said he favors continued efforts to move toward recycling as a way to reduce trash tonnage and hauling.

Holub supports having an ongoing economic development program to seize opportunities for the county.

He counts the relatively recent hiring of Teresa Huffman as the county?s economic development director who works with the volunteers on the Marion County Economic Development Council, as a new step forward for the county.

Holub said he plans to continue working on infrastructure improvements, loosening zoning requirements and finding new county revenue sources.

He said he hopes to find solutions to road maintenance, considering price increases in fuel and materials costs.

Holub said the most positive development in raising county revenues through ways other than taxes has been the increased revenue from Marion County Lake.

His most disappointing developments on revenue increases have been the failures of the landfill, the casino and cabins at the county lake due to lack of public support.

Both Herzet and Holub were reared in Marion County.

Herzet spent most of his working life with the county road and bridge department. He is a graduate of Leadership Marion County.

Holub left the county to attend Emporia State University for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.

He left the Navy after 20 years to return to Marion County.

He was appointed by Gov. Joan Finney to serve four years on the state Sorghum Com?mission, served two years on the USD 408 board, and has been a county commissioner for four years.

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