Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce welcomed in the new year of 2019 with an “Eggs and Issues” breakfast in Blacksburg yesterday.
The topic of this monthly information session was the “State of Montgomery County” as reported from county Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Tuck.
Tuck welcomed the sold-out crowd of current and prospective chamber members at the Hilton Garden Inn providing an overview of the bright spots and challenges in Montgomery County.
Tuck said, “I am thankful that Montgomery County has challenges that other communities hope to have.”
Tuck is a practicing lawyer who added, “My perspective is one of seven different stories that could be provided by each member of the board of supervisors.”
Each county district has approximately 14,000 citizens. While most board matters have votes of 7-0, 6-1 and 5-2, a split board of four Republicans and three Democrats is not a bad thing according to Tuck.
The geography of the county is very different as are its values and thoughts. Many ideas can come from different folks and can be implemented for the whole county.
Tuck said, “It is okay to disagree, but not to be disagreeable.”
Tuck explained how 70 percent of the Montgomery County budget is spent on education and said he is proud that Montgomery County outspends neighboring counties on a per-student basis.
Citizens must understand that the county…