It’s hard to believe that nearly four years have passed since the citizens of Pacific County placed their trust in me to lead our county. My experience as a commissioner has been challenging and rewarding. I enjoy serving and take the responsibility very seriously.
The last three years have been the most financially challenging our county has encountered in decades. The challenge has been balancing management of dwindling resources while preserving as many critical services as possible. I’m committed to continuing this prudent management of your precious tax dollars.
During the last three years, I created a healthy financial atmosphere through long term planning, restoration of reserves, and budget management by making tough choices. I also saved Pacific County over $420,000 by refinancing existing county debt and taking advantage of internal lending opportunities. But what I’m most proud of is the collaborative effort shared by our county employees, elected officials, and the commissioners, making these successes possible.
I’m asking every citizen in Pacific County to “lean forward” with me as we work for continued community improvements and economic growth. To this end I’m pledging continued support of local projects such as the South Bend Hardwoods Mill and the Tokeland Marina project that will bring jobs into our communities. I am also committed to continue the expansion of youth programming to support our children. And you can count on my continuing support of the Pacific County Drug Task Force. This important program is clearly decreasing crime and drug use in our communities.
And I’ll continue advocating for our local interests. I am most proud of participating in advocacy of two local issues, the continued funding of our two critical access hospitals and the dredging of the Ports of Ilwaco and Chinook, both of which have been favorably resolved. Additionally, I’ll continue “lobbying” our state legislators regarding issues, proposed bills, and state budget changes that directly impact Pacific County citizens.
Accessibility and transparency are qualities of successful governance; therefore, you can count on the monthly Commissioner Forums continuing to provide that all-important connection with you. For more information about me, my qualifications, and performance, I invite you to visit www.Ayers-for-Commissioner.com or e-mail me at Lisa@Ayers-for-Commissioner.com.
Thank you for your support,
Lisa Ayers, Pacific County Commissioner, District #3