Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Taxes, planning and zoning laws and road improvements have all been popular topics for the Commissioner’s office, and though unopposed in the coming elections, Donald “Doc” Kritzer still has plenty to say this election season on pending issues for the office of Western District Commissioner.
Currently finishing his second term, Kritzer is virtually guaranteed re-election barring a successful write-in candidate following the April primaries, where he beat out Bill Galloway.
A graduate from Missouri State University back when it was Southwest Missouri State with a degree in accounting, Kritzer held jobs as a cost accountant at various mid-Missouri companies for 30 years. He considers ushering in some much-needed revamps to the county’s Emergency Operations Center equipment and the county’s bridge replacement program some of the crowning achievements of the office since he was voted in.
Kritzer said planning and zoning was an oft-misunderstood concept and a need for it existed in Callaway, especially on the cusp of the potential installation of Small Modular Reactors that would bolster the county’s workforce. He said it was not something that Callaway has actively pursued, noted agriculture was usually exempt and said “nothing will happen without the vote of the people.”
Kritzer also talked up the necessity to decrease government spending.
“We have to keep government under control. I think people work hard to make the money they’ve got, and it ought to be at their discretion on how to spend it. The government ought to exist to take care of infrastructure and a few basics, but otherwise be out of everyone’s business,” he said.