County Commissioner Ken O'Brien is seeking another term, and I am happy to support his re-election effort.

To the Editor:

County Commissioner Ken O'Brien is seeking another term, and I am happy to support his re-election effort. Ken has worked hard to earn our continued support by asking the tough questions and protecting the interests of Delaware County taxpayers.

He is a fiscal conservative and has been adamant in his position to preserve the 1-mill property-tax rollback to keep taxes low for county taxpayers. Ken has also been adamant in keeping a portion of the sales tax revenue dedicated to our roads and bridges so that we continue to have safe roads and bridges. Good roads and bridges promote economic development. Ken has been particularly concerned with finding an acceptable solution to the dangerous traffic congestion at the Route 36/37 and I-71 interchange.

I have had the opportunity to work with O'Brien on the county's project to install high-speed fiber-optic cable to support county operations. This public/private partnership provides additional high-speed Internet capacity for county government that will result in significant cost savings as well as expand the service area for high-speed access within Delaware County through that partnership.

O'Brien supported the relocation of the Juvenile and Probate Courts to the county-owned Hayes Building, which is saving the county an estimated $300,000 per year in rent. The rent savings are being used to offset the construction costs for the new courtroom space. Ken also supported the expansion of the county jail.

O'Brien has demonstrated that he is a dedicated public servant and has earned our continued support. I ask you to vote for County Commissioner Ken O'Brien.

George Kaitsa
Delaware County auditor
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