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Michael McCullough for County Council At-Large

Monday, March 31, 2008

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Michael McCullough
A long history of participating in Clay County politics has helped motivate Michael McCullough to run again for County Council, At-Large.

McCullough has been a member of the council since 1996, spending the last two years as president, and was also a commissioner from 1984-1996.

"I truly enjoy being involved," he said. "I have gotten to know all the elected officials and have helped create a team relationship within the offices."

While he admits budget times were tough when the new Clay County Justice Center was being built, he is proud that he has helped keep the county in good financial shape.

"We had to tighten our belts a little, but we kept the county out of the red," McCullough said. "Other counties have come to the point of borrowing money, but Clay County has been able to keep its head above water and we have built back up to have about an $800,000 surplus in our operating budget."

McCullough believes his experience will help when the council plans its new budget around the latest changes in legislation.

"The changes, particularly with property taxes, could have a big impact on local governments around the state," he said. "However, most of the residents in Clay County are under the 1 percent cap and we are hopeful there will be a minimal impact."

McCullough is one of six candidates running for the three open County Council, At-Large positions.