Over 100 supporters recently attended Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart’s 2nd Annual Blue Jeans Bash at Jethro’s Jambalaya and BBQ in Dallas County. Iowa Representative Rob Taylor and David Oman hosted the event and was headlined by Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz’s visit had Airhart’s event as the cornerstone of his Iowa trip. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham also attended with members of the Iowa Executive Cabinet, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and State Auditor Mary Mosiman. Iowa State Senator and US Senate candidate Joni Ernst was also present and addressed those in attendance.
Addressing the crowd Airhart said, "Four years ago I campaigned to streamline county government, make county government more efficient and to utilize technology. Since taking office three years ago, we have done just that."
Discussing the Recorder’s Office, Airhart talked primarily about two major success of his first term.
"Recently we concluded a project that makes Dallas County the first county in Iowa to have over 40 years of our real estate records imaged and indexed, soon having that information available online for search by the public.
"As one of the fastest growing counties in America, these records are crucial to the transaction of real estate, and this streamlines the processes for real estate professionals while providing a disaster recovery system in the event of the loss of actual paper records."
Discussing the County Recorder’s finances, Airhart said, "The Recorder’s office is one of only 2 departments in the entire county that brings in more revenues than we spend. Recently we announced another budget surplus, marking three consecutive years of surplus. Let me help you understand this. Most government agencies are allocated tax dollars in a budget, and when they claim a surplus, it is that they did not spend all of the tax dollars given to them. In our office, we write a budget, estimating the revenues we will see from services we provide. The fees in almost every instance are set by the state. In each of my budgets, we have budgeted to spend less than we take in, and that is exactly what we have done. We truly run like a business, and at the end of each year, we have a fund balance that goes back to our general fund. These dollars are dollars that are a direct savings to everyone that pays property taxes in Dallas County, and I am happy to tell you that after only three years we have returned almost $1 million dollars to the general fund, saving you the taxpayer $1 million dollars in additional taxes."
Airhart recognized his staff for the successes the office has seen, saying that they have all "joined in and followed along with my vision for the office and Dallas County."
Announcing his intentions to run for re-election, Airhart said, "It has truly been an honor to serve as County Recorder. It is an awesome responsibility. While being Recorder, I have also had the privilege of being selected twice by my peers to be the chairperson of the Iowa Republican County Officials Association. We know it is important to support good people at the local level. I have enjoyed these past 3 years and what we have accomplished. We have led by example in Dallas County, but I know there is more to be done. That’s why I have decided, and am happy to announce you this evening, that I will once again be a candidate for Dallas County Recorder; and once again, we are going to win."
The event was a blue jean themed event, and the only rule was that all the attendees must wear blue jeans. It was a non traditional political event, with rock and roll and BBQ. The speeches were all light hearted, poking fun at one another while highlighting the importance of having good people, common sense conservatives at all levels of government. "It means the world to me that so many great leaders are willing to stand with and support me and the work we have done," said Airhart.
For more information on the Chad Airhart, visit www.chadairhart.com.