From staff reports
LEWISTOWN - Monte Kemmler has announced his intention to run for Mifflin County Commissioner on the Republican ticket.
Kemmler said he is concerned about the excessive spending the current board of commissioners has been engaged in.
Kemmler said for the past three years, the budget has increased from $18 million to $20 million. Plus, Mifflin County has a $15 million debt which is almost equal to some of the neighboring counties' spending budgets.
Kemmler said it has become obvious the current board of commissioners can't say no to spending.
He said the $4 million increase is setting the stage for a massive tax increase, which this county can not afford nor should it continue to suffer tax increases, especially during these economic times.
Kemmler said big spending, an inflated budget and huge debt are unattractive to business.
He said if you want to have business growth, plus improved employment opportunities, then you have to have better fiscal management for the taxpayers of Mifflin County.
Kemmler said he is currently fazing out and retiring his bakery business, which he said if it had been operated like the current fiscal management of Mifflin County, he would have become bankrupt a long time ago.
Kemmler said Mifflin County has been fiscally liberal for far too long and needs to turn the trend around or continue to fall behind.
Kemmler said he is offering a conservative agenda to help reverse the slide and move Mifflin County forward.
Kemmler lives in Newton Hamilton with his wife, Orpha and two children, Bryan and Brandy. He is the owner and operator for Kemmler baking company, which employs six people.
Kemmler said he received a B.A. from Juniata College, and a Masters at New York University.
Kemmler is the former Republican Party County Chairman, served on Newton Hamilton Borough Council for 12 years and served 7 years on the Mifflin County Planning Commission.
In addition, Kemmler has also won the Fireman of the Year Award from Newtown-Wayne Fire Co.