NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – The Democratic candidates for commissioner in Montgomery County are pledging not to raise taxes and say they will review county government from top to bottom to reduce duplication and waste.

Leslie Richards and Josh Shapiro say they’ve identified a new way to get spending under control in the county — adopt zero-based budgeting. In other words, the budget starts at zero and only programs deemed to have merit would be funded.

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They vowed not to raise taxes and Shapiro says their administration will bring a new vision and a new way of doing things to county government.

“For the last 100 plus years, the same organization has led county government. There’s a whole lot of cobwebs in county government and there’s a whole lot of people that are doing things a certain way because that’s the way it’s always been done.”

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They also want more transparency, putting all county spending online for the taxpayers to see and plan to listen to the county’s workforce to get their ideas for streamlining government.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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