Editor's Note: County Commissioner candidate submitted the following letter to CapeCodToday.com. Other candidates are welcome to submit their own letters, which will be published verbatim as was Mr. Beaty's.
The Barnstable County Home Rule Charter is essentially both the Constitution and instructional guide for our Cape Cod Regional Government. It provides us with an outline and blueprint for how county government is supposed to work, as well as a mechanism to fine tune things via the enactment of ordinances. It also has the ability to evolve through the amendment process.
Barnstable County Government is a bicameral structure, in that it is composed of two main elements, an executive branch which is the County Commissioners, and a legislative branch which is the Assembly of Delegates. The three politically partisan County Commissioners are elected at-large on a Cape-wide basis, while the 15 non-partisan members of the County Assembly are elected on a town-by-town basis. The two branches of County Government include a system of "checks and balances" which allow matters of importance to be debated, resolved and/or rejected in a rather profound democratic fashion to say the least.
As a Republican candidate for one of two open seats available for election on Tuesday, November 8th, I am concerned chiefly with what would be my duties as a County Commissioner if the voters should so choose to bestow that honor upon me.
The primary motivation that drew me to run for Barnstable County Commissioner was the ongoing and increasing lack of fiscal responsibility, failed leadership, dearth of transparency, mismanagement, and non-accountability on the part of the present Barnstable County Commission Chairperson and Vice Chairperson that has placed the County in the exceedingly poor fiscal condition that it has been in.
Within the first year, the top three things that I hope to accomplish as a County Commissioner are:
A. Rollback the unnecessary County Deeds Excise Tax Increase (which was instigated and implemented earlier this year by the present leadership on the Board of County Commissioners) to its previous lower level, and simultaneously implement the itemized $1.1 Million in proposed reasonable budget cuts that were presented by the new County Administrator, and Department heads, but rejected by the current Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.
B. Conduct a comprehensively pragmatic internal review and restructuring of County departments and staff to get back on track with properly serving Cape Cod residents and offering our respective towns the services they need and want in an efficient, affordable, and fiscally responsible fashion.
C. For serious public safety reasons, ending the current practice of Court building space sharing by County Departments, and the State Court System, in as expeditiously practical a manner as possible.
From my perspective, at this time the greatest specific challenge for the County Commission is clearing up past problematic property management practices and effectively apply professionally responsible property management practices regarding all County-owned real estate, which includes making sure that the State Court System remains at the Barnstable County Complex (located in Barnstable Village) for the long-term by eventually constructing a new Court facility there.
I can point to my two Master’s Degrees in administration and technology, decades of experience in real estate management, as well as my continuing tenure as a long-time regional community activist and “government watch-dog” as evidence of my ability and solid commitment to ensuring open, transparent, accountable, and fiscally responsible County government.
Citizens of Cape Cod should not have to tolerate another layer of oppressive government bureaucracy to dictate what they must or must not do. It is my aim to help restore our county government to its original purpose, which is to provide pragmatic and necessary services to the citizens and communities of our region in an efficient and fiscally sound manner.
Ronald Beaty, Republican Nominee for Barnstable County Commissioner - 245 Parker Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668, Phone: 508-685-2921