Allen County Commissioner hopefuls Don Kissick (I), Connie Miller (D) and Cory Noonan (R) listen to debate moderator Jeff Fitzgerald as he explains the forum/debate rules.
LIMA — The Allen County Commissioner Candidates Forum was held at the Lima Civic Center Wednesday with candidates Cory Noonan, Connie Miller and Don Kissick fielding budget-related questions pertaining to zero-based budgeting, privatization of direct-assistance operations and aging facilities management plan.
Each candidate agrees Allen County’s budget planning and policy will require change; however, there is adversity in their approaches to balancing the budget.
“We need to roll up our sleeves and do the job Allen County people are willing us to perform,” Noonan explained, “Government should be run as a business and the time is now to change how we operate.”
Noonan believes in zero-budgeting, which is a time-consuming, line-by-line method that builds a budget from the ground up starting from zero. The question is, what is the return on investment? Does the value derived from using the analysis outweigh the cost required to implement it?
“Zero-based budgeting is too time-consuming, creates a micro-managing atmosphere and negates the hard work elected officials have put into creating current budgets,” she said.
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