La PORTE — A longtime La Porte resident has announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the La Porte County Council.

Joe Smith said his passion for community service and love of his hometown have inspired him to “pursue this opportunity, which will enable me to make a positive impact in La Porte County government and for the people that live here.”

Smith has lived in La Porte County his entire adult life. He attended and graduated from La Porte High School, studied business at IUSB and the University of Phoenix, and is employed at Evolving Solutions Inc. in La Porte.

He is a active in the community as a member of the Door Village Lions Club, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 83, VFW Auxiliary 1130, Polish Falcon Nest 564, PRCU Club, 463GOP and the La Porte County Republican Party.

Smith said his campaign will focus on “fiscal responsibility and cooperation between all government entities within La Porte County.

“The council has the ultimate decision-making power regarding fiscal affairs. The council has authority to view or review fiscal matters, determine proper policy, and set priorities for the allocation and expenditure of county funds,” Smith said.

Those powers, as determined by the General Assembly, include:

Approving and fixing annual operating budgets of all county government offices and agencies

Establishing salaries, wages, per diems, and other compensation for all county officials and employees

Fixing tax rates and establishing levies on all county property for the purpose of raising funds to meet budget requirements in conducting county business, as well as authorizing the borrowing of money in the form of bonds and notes

Appropriating public funds, i.e., authorizing the expenditure of county money by particular officials or departments for specific purposes

Authorizing certain purchases or sales of county owned land

Smith said he believes “responsible spending and planning will allow for positive economic development and growth for a better future, in all of La Porte County.”

To learn more about Smith, or to get involved or donate to his campaign, follow him on social media at fb.me/electjoesmith2020 or contact him at com2elect joesmith@comcast.net or 219-402-7929.

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