Spring 2020 Candidate Questionnaire: Eau Claire County Board
District 26: Tami Schraufnagel
Note: These questions were drafted and candidate responses requested before concerns about COVID-19 escalated to their current level.
Q1. What are your background and qualifications for this position, and why are you a candidate?
I live in Eau Claire's Downtown. I was a founding member of DECI and have been passionate about downtown redevelopment. As district 26 County Board Supervisor I represent folks both in the downtown and the neighborhood. My Husband Bob and me have invested in several blighted and structurally compromised properties and have made them into homes for young professionals.
Q2. What is the County Board’s role in promoting economic development, business maintenance and commercial growth in the county?
I'd say that the County contributes to the framework that helps assure economic development with fabulous affordable recreational areas that citizens can hike, bike, canoe, kayak, recreate to recharge their batteries and enjoy the company of others. Business and commercial support through our Highway Department, City County Health Department, Aging and Disability Resource Center - to Human Services and our police and sheriffs departments.
Q3. What should the County Board do to address the current budget issues and program demands in the Human Services area?
The Human Services Department has invested greatly in personnel to help with our mental health crisis that has grown through the use of meth and opioids - then the stress that has come through Eau Claire County Families. This investment has helped lessen the costs to the Sheriff's Department and Jail. The County Board has passed a resolution that directs the State of Wisconsin to pay for the mandated programming that Human Services has incurred and the County has become a credit source for the State. (increasing Budgetary Debt.)
Q4. What are the two biggest issues you expect Eau Claire County to face during your term, and how do you think the County Board should address them?
1. Establishing the procedures and programming that will be necessary to help the County achieve it's Carbon Neutral status by 2050. 2. Tackling mental health and homelessness in Eau Claire County. Support the departments that work towards accomplishing these issues. Work with legislators to help the State give back local controls to County and City Government.
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