Uhler wants to ensure long-term viability of county
Editor’s note: The Press Tribune is profiling candidates for the Placer County Board of Supervisors District 4 seat in the June 5 election. To read a profile on candidate Pam Tobin, see the April 18 edition of the Press Tribune.
The District 4 seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors is up for re-election this year, and incumbent Kirk Uhler is seeking another term.
Uhler said he is running to continue to work in a number of areas, such as the long-term economic viability of the county, ongoing infrastructure challenges and balancing growth with conservation.
“Maintaining the long-term fiscal viability of our county is really my No. 1 priority,” Uhler said. “We’re doing well, but we still have more challenges ahead of us.”
Among those challenges, Uhler said, is figuring out how the county can continue to provide a high level of service to its residents with continually declining revenues.
Increased responsibility put on the county by the state is also a concern, he said.
“We know the state is going to continue to push more responsibility onto local governments without funding,” he said. “So we’re going to have to figure out how we’re going to manage through that.”
Uhler moved to Granite Bay in 1970 when his father was working for then California Gov. Ronald Reagan.
He grew up in Granite Bay and lives there now with his wife, Tami, and two children, Jacy, 12, and Jaden, 10.
Uhler was first elected to the Placer Board of Supervisors in 1992 and served until 1996, when he left office to run for a seat in the California Legislature.
He was re-appointed to the board in December 2006 to fill the vacancy created after Ted Gaines was elected to the State Assembly.
Roseville City Councilman John Allard has endorsed Uhler because he feels Uhler has done a good job paying particular attention to issues that face Roseville and Granite Bay.
“Kirk Uhler has been a great supervisor for Placer County,” Allard said. “He’s the kind of supervisor that we need to have up in Auburn representing us.”
Others who are listed on Uhler’s campaign website as endorsers include the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Placer County Republican Central Committee, National Tax Limitation Committee, Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner, District Attorney R. Scott Owens and Sierra College Trustee Bill Halldin.
Uhler said another issue for the county that is not necessarily District 4 specific is ongoing infrastructure challenges, particularly with waste water disposal.
“Waste water disposal for all local governments is going to continue to be more and more of a problem,” he said. “Not because the water has changed, but simply because the requirements by which they judge the water have changed.”
Uhler said he is also continuing to work on getting the Auburn Folsom Road widening project completed.
“We’re well on the way to getting that done,” he said. “The board took the necessary steps to move forward with eminent domain. Now we’re down to one property owner.”
Managing a balance between growth and conservation is another challenge facing the entire county, including District 4, Uhler said.
“We want to make sure that we grow in a way that we have sustainable services and that we maximize our opportunities for long-term resource conservation,” Uhler said.
Uhler has been working on the Placer County Conservation Plan for six years and says rather than looking at individual development projects, the plan looks at the county as a whole and its future development footprint as one project.
Uhler said a challenge is to maximize conservation, or open space areas, both from a recreation and human standpoint, and also a resource and species standpoint.
“The conservation plan will allow for long-term viability of these various habitats that we need to protect,” he said. “But it will do it in a way that is far more cost effective, in a way that actually embraces the development as a key to enabling good conservation.”
Toby Lewis can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.
Placer County Board of Supervisors – District 4
District 4 encompasses the Granite Bay community and parts of Roseville along east side of the Highway 65 corridor from the Rocklin border to Blue Oaks Boulevard. The district also extends southwest of Highway 65 to Diamond Oaks Golf Course.
To view a map of District 4, click here or visit www.placer.ca.gov/bos/District4