HARDBALL: Dale Anderson II's 42% Represents Opposition to New Taxes, Fees

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Dale Anderson II
Dale Anderson II
Dale Anderson II stands on conservative and constitutional principles. He and his team knew how to organize at the grassroots level. The result? Anderson received 42% of the vote in the Republican primary election.

“You have to sell ideas to the voters,” Anderson said in a Tuesday night interview. “What I did made the race close.”

Since the primary, Dale Anderson and Mayor Kim Wolfe have been exploring “working together.” However, they still disagree on “critical” issues.

Those challenges as Wolfe would phrase them originate from a variance in ideological variances. Wolfe told HNN in a  March 27 interview that “government is about compromise.” On the other hand, Anderson stressed to HNN Tuesday, May 22, “Compromise is bad nine times out of ten. It’s what got us into the mess of spending more money than we have. God does not compromise righteousness.”

In short, Anderson will not compromise principles.

“One of the biggest things we haven’t gotten from the Wolfe administration is accountability,” Anderson said, adding that people in the finance department have not been held accountable. “The taxpayers have been used as a credit card” to cover what Anderson terms are  “messes.”

Obviously, the pension shortfall did not originate with the current administration. Wolfe, Gov. Tomlin, the legislators and council had carved a solution for the under-funded police and fire pension funds. Complicating the “fix,” the state changed actuary calculations and additional estimates were off by millions of dollars.

Anderson acknowledges that the continued fiscal snarls are not solely the administration’s fault.

“It’s a twelve headed dragon,” the primary candidate said in noting that members of Huntington City Council have been part of the continued fiscal challenge.

“The Mayor needs to downsize government on a constitutional level and cut pork. He’s not willing to be a constitutionalist, Tea Party taxed enough already conservative,” Anderson stated. “I want to get revenue from business. The more business  you draw into the city, the more our revenue stream increases. Mayor Wolfe is solving problems with bail outs (such as the one-time $100 municipal fee on property). That’s where we are ideologically [different].”

Anderson 100% opposes the occupation tax and municipal sales tax. He found many Huntington citizens adamantly disfavoring the occupation tax when he knocked on doors during his campaign.

“The sales tax hurts small business. If the occupation tax ever gets out of court, it will take money from the   people  I’d like to see buy a home and live here.”

Although  elements of Wolfe Administration  would like to make lowering of taxes a priority, “We’re very far apart on these  issues,” Anderson said, adding, “I represent 42% of regular Republicans and independents. We’re not able to agree on those topics.”

As to “downsizing” and “ending pork,” he favors privatization of most city services with the exception of the police and fire departments, asserting that the private sector manages money better than government.

NEXT: Dale Anderson II describes more specifically how these line in the sand principles would assist in solving city challenges.