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Web Master: Pat South
 

Itís pretty hard to miss the countyís water tower in Landen-Deerfield Township, just off Interstate 71.  What a welcome sign for tourists driving by!

 

Did you know that Tourism is Warren Countyís largest industry, attracting over 6 Million tourists a year generating a nearly $900 Million economic impact to the region annually?

 

  Text Box: Itís pretty hard to miss the countyís water tower in Landen-Deerfield Township, just off Interstate 71.  What a welcome sign for tourists driving by!
 
Did you know that Tourism is Warren Countyís largest industry, attracting over 6 Million tourists a year generating a nearly $900 Million economic impact to the region annually?
 
 
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Dear Residents of Warren County
 
 
Welcome! This is my personal County Commissioner Home Page.  This site highlights some 
of the issues I am working on to help assure that Warren County Ohio offers a responsible and 
proactive county government to address the many issues facing us due to our county's 75% 
growth rate over the last 16 years & 33% just since the 2000 census.  Our population in 1990
was 113,909.  By 2000 our population reached 158,383 and numbers released in July of 2009 
show Warren County's current population at 210,712.  While our rate of growth has slowed for 
over the past couple of years in a downturned economy, there is still plenty of growth to keep 
us busy!  Warren County still ranks as the 2nd fastest  growing county in the state and ranked
98th fasted growing in the nation out of 3,142 counties.  
As we celebrate our county's many strengths, assets and overall positive standing; dwindling resources, budget restraints and cut-backs challenge us to live within our means just like every other business and household in the nation. 
Warren County has practiced solid financial policies for many years, as evidenced by the existence of our $15M rainy day fund.  We are one of only a few counties in the state who have not been forced to lay off staff .  However, no matter how good our financial practices, we cannot escape the fact that we are inextricably tied to the economic fortunes of our state and country.
Had our State and Federal Government (Republicans & Democrats alike) paid attention to their budgets like we do here in Warren County, there wouldn't have been a need for the bailout of Wall Street due to a near collapse of our Banking system, let alone the bailout with our tax dollars of private enterprise - GM & Chrysler that in the end didn't make a difference in their outcome.  Both of these companies could have filed bankruptcy or reorganization without having spent our tax dollars first. Had our government operated efficiently we would not have heard the words "American Recovery Act" or "Stimulus" dollars.
Despite what the media has chosen to focus on, Warren County is applying for some stimulus dollars. However,  we are being very selective and put the stimulus money through the same scrutiny that we put any other grant through.  If we don't need it - we don't apply for it.  The only difference on the Stimulus fund is that we prefer our 'unused" share to go back to the U.S. Treasury to pay down the national debt - not redistributed elsewhere. The reality is, any money we don't take WILL be distributed to other counties.
While some of the stimulus dollars we will be receiving will help meet our growing demand for emergency assistance, food stamps and helping our residents find employment, Commissioner Young and I agree that putting the stimulus money into major infrastructure projects is an economic stimulus that will have long term benefits to Warren County's resident and businesses.  I can assure you that the money we accept will NOT be used to hire new employees that we can't afford to continue paying after the stimulus money is gone and it won't go toward purchasing items that we do not need.  We - our children and grandchildren will be paying extra taxes the rest of our lives for this "Stimulus" deficit.  It is borrowed money - our future tax dollars...do we best use it wisely and effectively.  I want to be able to show our children what they are paying for with improved roads, expanded water and sewer treatment plants, Court building Additions....things with long term life use - not vehicles (that we were purchasing anyway) that will be worn out in 2-3 years.    
We will continue working hard to maintain services and planned projects while cutting overhead costs where ever possible. We will continue to place emphasis on Economic and Workforce Development.  By creating jobs and training workers to meet the skill set demands of employers, and linking new jobs to our citizens, we will get our economy going again and be better prepared for the bright future that lies ahead of us.
I will make every attempt to keep you informed on my views and positions and hope you will take time to visit this site frequently.  As always, I want to hear from you.
 
                                            Pat South 
                                                                                        Working for all of Warren County 
 
 
 
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Text Box: Where to purchase your Dog License (Due 1/31/2010)
 
Dog License Application (PDF)
List of the County, State & Federal Elected Officials serving Warren County, Ohio
Link to the Warren County Food Drive We Site Nov 1 - Dec 31