What will you do to ensure the county stays financially stable during these difficult economic times?
• Cox: "(Be) fiscally responsible. ... We need to be proportionate through all the departments. Right now, you look at building and codes, they're down. They were doing 25 to 30 inspections a day. They might be doing five now. ... Cross-training is important with county employees so that they will be able to maneuver each other around to departments that are in need of help. ... I voted for the ($45 million) bond, and I would do it again. But I don't want to take a loan unless we have to. And in this situation ... we had to. We had no choice."
• Lee: "I would never have voted for a $45 million general obligation bond. ... I think that was a reckless thing to do financially."
"Pennies for Progress" has seen its share of struggles -- rising construction costs and shortfalls -- since it was approved by voters in 1997 and again in 2003. How can the county avoid further shortfalls with this program?
• Cox: "It's very simple. Number one: You explain to voters what they're voting for. Obviously, they're going to be voting on certain roads. ... At that point, you explain to them, 'We're going to bond this out because the problems with the past 'Pennies for Progress' was pay as you go.' It's great if the economy doesn't do all the crap that it's done recently. ... Bonding it out will get the projects done within a two-year period. ... You get all these projects done and on the ground immediately, and then you just deal with the interest payments. ... I think that's the best way to do it in today's economy."
• Lee: "One of the failures of the current council ... they have not monitored 'Pennies for Progress' closely. And when it ran out of funds the first time, that should have been a warning that there was something fundamentally wrong with 'Pennies for Progress.' ... The council has a responsibility to watch the finances. Not the county manager. Not the finance director. But the buck stops with the County Council. ... They want to blame fuel prices and concrete prices. What they need to be doing, they need to be watching the designs of those roads and look for areas where they can cut costs."