Davis County Commission, Seat B
Compiled by the Davis County chapter of the League of Women Voters
After five years of experience as president of the Davis Chamber, I feel I have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to have a positive impact on my county. Here are the three issues that I feel are vital to Davis County today:
In order to avoid tax increases while simultaneously providing improved services to Davis County residents, it is vital that we sustain a vibrant economy through focused economic development. By broadening the tax base we can benefit all citizens. More jobs in Davis County will allow us and our children to continue living here and enjoying the benefits of our community. We can accomplish this by judicious use of tax incentives, eliminating business regulatory restrictions that prevent us from being competitive, and capitalizing on the things that make Davis County beautiful and unique. We enjoy a wonderful quality of life that includes clean air, mountain hiking trails, bicycle trails, shopping, sports, and family-friendly entertainment. We must recognize that this quality of life is key to our attractiveness to new businesses that want to relocate and existing businesses that want to expand.
We all sit under the shade of trees we did not plant. I believe that we can make decisions today that will benefit our children for years to come. To fight growth is futile and ill-advised. Growth and change will come. My objective will be to direct that growth, to be involved in planning and controlling growth so that we maintain what we like about our community. We need to be open to changing demographics and redesign parts of our community so that we are attractive to everyone, from the old to the young, from rich to those just starting out in life, white collar and blue collar, a melting pot of all that is good in America. If we do this wrong, our children and grandchildren will not be able to live and work in Davis County. I want our families to have the option of remaining close.
There are only two variables to improve a business’ financial performance and stability Р either increase revenues or reduce expenses, or a combination of both. My business experience will allow me to find ways to assure that the county departments run efficiently by focusing on continuous process improvement. By using technology and exploring “best practices” from other counties I believe we can fine tune our performance and find ways to make incremental improvements to county budgets.
Davis County is blessed with well-educated, energetic, and creative citizens who want to be involved in improving our communities. I have always been successful at gathering motivated people and developing a consensus that will allow us to move forward toward a worthy goal. We can be stronger as a community by focusing on the things we have in common and using that common ground to address truly complex issues.
Jim Smith finished a nearly 40-year career in commercial banking and accepted the position of president of the Davis Chamber of Commerce five years ago.