Letters to the Editor

Cox is strong financial watchdog

Tulare County has a $1.1 billion budget and taxpayers need supervisors who are good financial watchdogs. We have two good candidates running for District 3, including a good woman with a kind heart who is a strong supporter of social causes. However, my preference would be to retain the incumbent, businessman Phil Cox.

I have known Phil for over 40 years and appreciate his service as a Visalia planning commissioner, city councilman and county supervisor. He is a man of conservative principles and his decisions reflect my values.

Phil served as chairman of the board of supervisors during the 2008 financial collapse and worked with the board and management to minimize layoffs without dipping into reserves. Rather than ask taxpayers to pass new bonds, Phil has insisted the board build cash reserves to provide matching funds whenever the state offers financial assistance for building projects.

This enabled the county to construct two additional jails. And, this reserve allowed them to acquire the Cigna Building – thus saving millions.

We need to retain his generosity and business expertise on the board. Vote “Phil Cox” for supervisor.

Bill Whitlatch, Visalia

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