It's time for new leadership. The Hillsborough County Commission needs a commissioner who will be a good steward with county resources, someone who will listen to you, and a servant leader, who puts your family's concerns before his own. I've been helping entrepreneurs to change lives for many years. It's rewarding to see how small businesses can impact a community. That's why I received the 2014 regional volunteer of the year award from the Florida Economic Development Council. I've been leading our region in economic development for years. I chair the board of directors for the TEC Garage small business incubator, which provides professional mentoring to founders of small, innovative startup businesses. I facilitate a 9-week, co.Starters business startup class for artists and innovators.
Chris Paradies - facilitator
I'm Chris Paradies. I'll bring smart, innovative solutions to Hillsborough County government that will make living and doing business in Hillsborough better! I'll keep taxes low on our families, seniors and small businesses and bring principles of innovation, which I teach to small businesses, to address problems that have languished for 16 years under Tax-Happy Hagan's regime.
The Citizens Advisory Committee provided a unanimous report providing a list of savings found in the 2017 budget that would have saved $3 billion over 30 years, if implemented, without cutting any services to the people of Hillsborough County. The report has been deep six'ed by the county, but you can read about it here:
This report cut debt, administrative staff increases, and other waste, without cutting county services. The report is as a good start. Every expenditure needs to be evaluated in each budget, and administration needs to be pruned regularly to save resources for important priorities. Millions are being spent on redundant communications, lobbying and incentives targeting the wrong priorities.
How can the BOCC allow Ken "Tax-Happy" Hagan to secretly "negotiate" with the Rays? He's already said that he's in lockstep with the Rays. So, how can he "negotiate" for the taxpayers, when he's receiving big donations from the Rays and others interested in building the new stadium? Reports indicate that Hagan is looking to obligate taxpayers for hundreds of millions of dollars for his new stadium! With this type of spending, it doesn't matter what savings could be found in the budget. His stadium deal could swallow it all up, as costs balloon and revenues fail to materialize. See HERE for information on why stadiums are a bad bet for taxpayers, or read one of the many books on how stadium deals transfer tax dollars to wealthy team owners.
The taxpayers of Hillsborough County deserve better than secret stadium deals and unnecessary transit tax referendums. It is a matter of priorities and stewardship!
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Paid by Chris Paradies, Republican, for Hillsborough County Commission, District 2