After Michael Crews was elected to the Baker County Commission in 2008 he began calling for measures to ease the tax burden on property owners by implementing special assessments that everybody would pay to cover the costs of public services.
He’s still spreading that message just weeks before he leaves office after losing his re-election bid in an atmosphere of public protests over county budget issues, including the continued use of reserve funds to cover deficits, and pending sand mine proposals.
Mr. Crews cast the only vote against the $28.2 million 2012-13 county budget at the commission meeting on October 2, which he later explained was his way of saying that the county had not done enough to ease the tax load on property owners by spreading out the costs of public services more equitably.
“I did not vote in support of the budget for multiple reasons,” Mr. Crews said in an interview on October 8. “One is because the way it is currently done is a burden (on too many property owners) because the cost of services is falling on the few.”