Name: Thomas E. Hayes

Age: 49

Political Affiliation: Republican

Hometown: Pittsburg

Political Experience: None

Name: Thomas E. Hayes
Age: 49
Political Affiliation: Republican
Hometown: Pittsburg
Political Experience: None

1. What are your thoughts on county’s budget and what specific changes would you support?

A Zero Budget Plan. Zero Based Budgeting is a technique of planning and decision making which reverses the working process of traditional budgeting. In traditional (incremental) budgeting, departments justify only increases over the previous year’s budget and what has been already spent is automatically approved. On the other hand, Zero Based Budgeting requires a review of every department’s functions and all expenditures must be justified and approved. Although there are some disadvantages to this system, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. The primary benefit of the incremental system is that it is easier and change is gradual. This Zero Based Budgeting will allow the County to become more efficient, while eliminating waste.

2. Crawford County Commissioners are responsible for overseeing the county’s Road and Bridge crews. Would you support any change to the current structure. If so, why and if not, why not?

Each commissioner has a road crew with a foreman. This allows each commissioner to take care of his district. However, I believe there is a more efficient way to provide safe roads and bridges. Three road crews play into partisanship. We must stay away from that. Also, equipment duplication must be consolidated. Mowing, for instance, should not have any boundaries because it’s not tied into a road priority system. I would have a priority system under each district and take care of the worse roads and bridges on that basis. I would also look at analysis by private companies.

3. Would you support a 3 percent deference to local companies on bid process?

Presently, the County must take the lowest bid from a responsible bidder. Consequently, if there is a performance problem, then the County does not have to take the lowest bid. The County must follow the State Statute on bids for items greater than 25,000 so for some items, that statute would have to change at the State level. However, to the extent bids are taken, I believe a graduated local bid preference should be utilized. 3% for bids greater than 100,000 and 5% for bids less than 100,000.