Republican candidate Vic Williams is one of four candidates seeking a House of Representatives seat in Legislative District 26. We asked him some questions about taxes.
Do you support the repeal of the state property tax?
I believe our property taxes are too high and now is not the time to overtax people. I believe we need to look elsewhere for tax relief on individual properties.
Since it will cost the state $250 million, what should the state cut to make up for the lost revenue?
In my opinion we need to cut spending, maybe not all programs but we need to balance the budget by cutting spending across the board. If you take a look at our state, we’ve had a 70 percent increase in our budget in the last seven to 10 years and anytime you have that kind of increase in expenditures, I am sure that there are overlapping overheads, redundancies and wasteful spending. Secondly, as much as I want to see our school infrastructure grow, we may want to consider suspending new school infrastructure, for a time until we can pick up the slack.
Do you support borrowing for school construction?
Yes, absolutely. Before we go out and start bonding, however, we need to be cautious where we spend money when we’re in an economic downturn. I do support bonding for infrastructure and such but let’s focus right now on getting our fiscal health in order.