By Brad Segall

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – The two Republican candidates for commissioner in Montgomery County say they will restore fiscal responsibility to a county that’s in dire financial straits when they’re elected in November.

Jenny Brown and Bruce Castor laid out their management reforms designed, they say, to get the county back on solid financial footing. They include a debt-limit policy that will prevent bad borrow-and-spend practices, which they say have plagued the county for the last several years.

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The first thing that needs to be done, according to Castor, is to cut expenses, “We’re going to do everything we can to avoid a tax increase, we’ve never supported one before but I think that if a tornado hits the courthouse and One Montgomery falls down we’re going to need to have money to deal with those issues.”

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The proposal also aims to create more transparency. Brown says that includes putting the county’s check register online, “When the government spends money, it’s not its own money that it spends, it is the taxpayers’ money and they deserve to know exactly where that money is going and then to hold their elected officials accountable for where that money went.”

Castor says they will do everything they can to avoid a tax increase, opting instead to cut expenses. He says they need to do everything they can to put money back in people’s pockets so they can spend and in turn generate revenue for the county.

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Reported by Suburban Bureau Chief Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060