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Dave Sauber, candidate for commissioner

February 6, 2012
By Nick Dutro - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

Dave Sauber said he hopes he can continue to use the experience he has gained as a Seneca County commissioner for another term.

"I believe the most important issue is having experienced people in the commissioners' office, who know the operations, have made the contacts over the year with state leaders as well as local leaders, to continue to push ahead for economic growth," he said.

Sauber said the county has gone through difficulties during his time on the board, but it has survived the economic recession, by reducing expenses by 18 percent over the past three years and entering 2012 with a balanced budget and about $1.5 million in carryover funds.

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Some cuts made in his tenure include changes to the health insurance policy. He said that while it is difficult to cut benefits to the county's hard-working employees, he felt it was an appropriate way to downsize government.

Part of his experience has involved a focus on investment in technology, upgrading all departments to run efficiently.

The county also is going to be entering into some new capital projects, which Sauber said he was proud to have been involved with. Those include a $1.3 million expansion for the Seneca County jail, a new juvenile detention center and a new building for Seneca County Agency Transport, which were made available through grants and funds set aside by commissioners.

"Those are things we've done that have made a big difference for the future in Seneca County," he said. "Long term planning is really key."

Sauber also hopes to push ahead with plans to provide adequate space for the county court system, either utilizing an existing building or new construction at the former site of the 1884 courthouse.

In economic development, Sauber said he plans to continue to work with the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. and Fostoria Economic Development Corp. He said the board also has encouraged people to buy locally, which has resulted in increased sales tax revenue throughout the past few years.

"I think we're on the right track. Is it going to be easy? No, I think we still have a few years (of difficult economic times), but I'm going to be pushing ahead for long-term planning and success," Sauber said.



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