• NAME: Kelly Khuri
• OFFICE SOUGHT: Clark County Council at Large
• AGE: 39 +
• CITY OF RESIDENCE: I live in an unincorporated area of the county
• POLITICAL PARTY: REPUBLICAN
• POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: I have never held a political office
• FAMILY: Married with two children
• OCCUPATION: Office Manager
• RELATED PERTINENT EXPERIENCE: I have acquired knowledge of the workings of our council by attending the meetings.
•WEBSITE (IF APPLICABLE): Kelly Khuri for Clark County Council (on Face Book)
• WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE?:
I have been attending the Council (and Commissioner) meetings for over two years. I am running to bring a fresh perspective to the council.
• WHAT QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS WOULD YOU BRING TO THIS OFFICE?:
I have been an advocate for the taxpayers for over two years. With the help of fellow citizens, we have thwarted the attempts by the council, in the past, to raise the maximum tax levy and enact a wheel tax.
• WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS IT IF ELECTED?
The Dept. of Local Government Finance, traveled from Indianapolis, to put on budget workshops last August. Most of our Department Heads did not attend. As our employees, they should use every tool at their disposal, to be good stewards of our money.
*Please note- We do have some Department Heads, along with their staff, that do a great job*
I will put together a team of interested volunteers to assess each department. With the goal of determining where we can reduce, restructure or eliminate non-essential services.
• HOW DO YOU PLAN TO MANAGE THE COUNTY'S EXPENSES ON THE BUDGETS BEING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE?
After a thorough review of each department’s budget we will be better prepared to efficiently accomplish the People’s business.
As a side note:
We need to complete the listing of our county governments assets.
We need to evaluate all of our technology, to determine if it is servicing our needs at the lowest possible cost. Utilizing our government website, to make public our expenditures, and the council and commissioner meetings, will aid in keeping the citizens and Department Heads informed.
• DO YOU THINK IT IS NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE COUNTY'S REVENUE? IF SO, WHAT ARE SOME OPTIONS FOR RAISING THE REVENUE THE COUNTY IS BRINGING IN?
No. "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery".- Calvin Coolidge
By eliminating wasteful spending, and streamlining county government operations, we will be poised to capitalize on future growth.
• ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF MANDATES IF THE COUNTY IS UNABLE TO COVER ITS EXPENSES AGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT?
It is every American Citizen’s right, to a fair trial, under the 6th Amendment of our U.S. Constitution.
When considering funding for our courts, we must ensure that appropriations are constitutional and statutory.
See below for information on mandates:
The courts, as the third branch of government, are dependent upon the legislative branch for funding. If the legislative body fails in its duty to provide adequate funding, then the court through a mandate can require the legislative body to do so.
The Indiana Supreme Court has provided the procedures for a mandate action in Trial Rule 60.5. Mandate of funds: Courts shall limit their requests for funds to those which are reasonably necessaryfor the operation of the court or court-related functions.
Mandate will not lie forextravagant, arbitrary or unwarranted expenditures nor for personal expenditures ( e.g., personal telephone bills, bar association memberships, disciplinary fees).
- Election 2012
- Greater Clark cancels contract of Charlestown teacher facing drug charges
- Ritz supporters turn back to social media to reach reluctant GOP lawmakers
- New state superintendent may face limit on power
- Indiana House leader pledges no abuse of super majority power
Turnout led to big Election Day problems in Clark County
Large voter turnout, ballot shortages and training issues led to long lines and late tabulations on Election Day in Clark County, according to the county clerk.
Pence promises to go forward with education overhaul, tax cut pledge
Pence dodged some of the more pointed questions about Bennett, saying he’d leave to the press to speculate about the reasons for Bennett’s loss.
But he also rejected the notion that Bennett’s ouster at the hands of Democrat Glenda Ritz was a sign that voters rejected the sweeping changes in education, which include vouchers for private schools, merit pay for teachers and more high-stakes testing for students.
Davisson retains Statehouse seat
In District 73, final totals were not available on election night, but incumbent Republican Steve Davisson was able to defeat Democratic challenger Sandra Blanton with 13,354 votes, or 54 percent, to 11,159 votes, or 46 percent.
- Obama bets electorate matches 2008 — and wins
Republicans take control of Floyd County Council
Republicans gained control of the council by winning two of the three At-large seats. The council is now made up of five Republicans and two Democrats.
Voter turnout strong, but down from 2008 numbers
In the 2012 general election 53.9 percent of registered voters, or 47,806 of 88,631 registered voters, cast a ballot. A total of 6,723 of those ballots were absentee.
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