Jim Plunkett, 47, is one step closer to representing
the second district of Platte County, after defeating
second district commissioner Steve Wegner in the
If voter turnout in support of Plunkett is the
same as in August, he will soon find himself representing
the second district in county government.
Plunkett, who faces Gary Dugger in the Nov. 2
general election, plans to tackle the 2005 budget
immediately if elected to office.
Right off the bat, my goal is to make the
budget for 2005 work, said Plunkett.
Part of dealing with the budget, is working with
the recently approved mill levy reduction from
10 to 4 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
In one vote the commission decreased the
county portion of property tax. What took them
ten years to do they did in one vote four weeks
ago, said Plunkett.
According to Plunkett, In 10 years, the
commission decreased the levy from 17 to 10 cents.
Once they lost, they set the levy from 10 to 4
cents. That decision is going to hurt the countys
budget. They wouldnt have done it if they
were still in office, he said of Michael
Short and Wegner.
The county commission anticipated its sales
tax projections to be 17-18% because of Zona Rosa.
Instead the sales tax projections came in just
over 7%, stated Plunkett.
For Plunkett, tackling the results that will
fall out from the newly set mill levy will be
one of the first obstacles he faces if he is elected.
"The sheriffs budget never has been
fully funded. Now with the reduction in the mill
levy, you can almost be assured that it wont
be fully funded again this year, said Plunkett.
Along with dealing with the 2005 budget, Plunkett
wants to try and hold the line on taxes in the
county, be sure the roads program is carried through
specifically in the second district, and make
sure the county government is fiscally responsible.
Ive been a business owner for over
20 years and I have the business experience to
know how to deal with the financial issues in
the county, said Plunkett.
If Plunkett is elected to office, he plans to
implement an open door policy in the commission
I will provide trustworthy leadership that
reflects all of the values of the citizens of
Platte County, stated Plunkett.
Plunkett is the owner of JPI Glass in Kansas
City, Mo. He has taken two years of general courses
at Johnson County Community College in Overland
Plunkett and his wife Sherri, live south of Platte
City, have four children: Bob, Andrea, Alexandra,
Adam and one grandchild.
Gary Dugger, an independent candidate whose name
will appear on the ballot against Plunkett, declined
the chance to be interviewed for this article.