Don Burnikel (Democrat) Supervisor-2
Tue, 10/16/2018 - 1:55pm admin
Howard County - In the weeks leading up to the 2018 election, the Times Plain Dealer is going to introduce readers to candidates for a few of the local races. This week, the paper is highlighting the candidates for Howard County Supervisor — District 2. District 3 candidates will be featured next week. In addition this week, the Howard County Attorney, Recorder and Treasurer will answer questions. See their responses on page A-18.
Election Day 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 6. There is no presidential election, but many federal and state legislators are up for election, and county offices are also being voted on, and mid-term elections can determine the balance of power between the major parties. Don’t forget to vote!
My name is Don Burnikel, and I have served as the Howard County 2nd District Supervisor for the past 10 years. My wife Pam and I raised our four children in Howard County, and I have also been a lifetime resident. I keep very busy serving on 11 boards in Northeast Iowa, each meeting once a month. It is very important to serve on these boards to help improve our county.
One thing that is always a board member’s concern, is infrastructure. For the past few years, the Board of Supervisors has made great strides improving the infrastructure of Howard County. We have improved our roads and bridges, and also helped in the development of recreational bike trails. My goal is to continue the work being done until every road and bridge is in the best shape possible. All of this has been and will be accomplished by the wise management of your tax dollars and by using the tax increment financing from the local wind towers.
Another one of my concerns is the property taxes in Howard County. We have now brought in 112 new windmills and have another 32 windmills coming in. In turn, this means I want to see the tax revenue incurred go back to the property owners by lowering everyone’s property taxes. This is very important to me. We want people to want to live in our county, not only for our infrastructure, but by having an affordable community to live in. As I read the help-wanted ads every week, we have plenty of jobs, and we just need people to fill them.
By our work and vision, Howard County is now on a firm and financially sound footing. We have an excellent credit rating, which was given to us by the prestigious Standard and Poor’s company. In the past 10 years our rating has increased times two. As we look toward the future, I also want to continue to make Howard County a safer place. As a board, it’s important to maintain roads and bridges for our school buses, fire protection, farmers and for anyone else traveling within our boarders.
We have accomplished a lot for our county, and I feel we need to continue these efforts. Together, we can continue to make Howard County an even better place to work, play and raise our families.
Thank you for your support.