I am running because I believe that Sedgwick County needs good leaders to make our county the premium place to live, raise a family, and grow a business. Certainly, County Government that provides services for the twenty-one communities must manage the limited county resources very carefully.
Therefore, I believe that good government must be desired, necessary, transparent, accountable, legal, fair, and constitutional. It should also include incentives to encourage employees and agencies to develop efficiency and effectiveness. All efforts should have benchmarks and measurable outcomes. Open and free communication without retribution must be available to all employees in the County. Professional respect should be mutual between all members of County government. As your Sedgwick County Commissioner, I will continue to stand for and vote for these very principles of government.
I look forward to working together, getting to know and understand your concerns and priorities for Sedgwick County. Working together with the other commissioners to provide needed services, coupled with these principles will continue to make our county the premium place to live!
USAF Veteran 1987 to 1991
Committee Membership Experience
The Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners is vested by Kansas state statute with both legislative and administrative powers and duties. These powers and duties include:
The board also serves as the hearing officer panel for tax appeals cases, sits as the board of canvassers for elections, and acts as the governing body for Fire District 1.
REAL JOB DEVELOPMENT – Sedgwick County needs to continue to build a thriving economy with reliable resources, well-managed water, affordable homes, and healthy infrastructure to attract job creators. Real Job development depends on skilled laborers ready and able to support these businesses. I am a strong voice for technical training because skilled workers with real world experience are critical to our local economy.
REDUCE BURDEN OF GOVERNMENT. The government does not have a revenue problem but has a spending problem. The county government must push harder to find more ways to live within its means, find efficiencies, and protect the taxpayer from a greater burden of government. We must follow the lead of private enterprise and challenge ourselves to do more with less.
RIGHT PRIORITIES: We need to focus on core functions and do a better job managing and maintaining infrastructure. When the economy begins to thrive, we need leaders to stay focused and not fall for the temptation to just expand the role of government. Jim Howell helped deliver a solution to ever-expanding government growth with real property tax relief by sponsoring and passing the property tax transparency act. When valuations increase, the mil levy will now automatically decrease to create the same level revenue. Without this automatic adjustment, deceptive politicians take more of your dollars and claim that they did not raise your taxes.
Jim Howell is the RIGHT guy for the job!
Principled Leadership - Using the U.S. Constitution, the Kansas Constitution, and the principles of responsibility, freedom, family values, and fiscal common sense, Jim Howell is principled, consistent, and fair. Using his efficiency education and practical experience in Six Sigma, Howell strives for efficiency and effectiveness in government as well. He sticks to core functions and promotes limited government. Howell has compassion for those that are disadvantaged and struggling in our community. He supports practical policies that address the causes as well as solutions.
Focused - Jim Howell is a very hard working Commissioner. He pours himself into the roles and responsibilities of his position. He is one that pays attention to detail.
Effective - Jim Howell has many political successes. Howell has successfully worked to solve problems for his constituents while writing public policy.
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My office Number is 316-660-9300. You may reach me on my Cell Phone at 316-788-4887 or email me at JimHowell4Ks@gmail.com. Please provide your name and address when you do. I will do my best to get back with you very quickly.
525 North Main Street, Wichita, Kansas 67203, United States
Monday - Friday: Generally available in downtown office by appointment. Call 316-660-9300 for appointment. Drop-In visitors are also welcome as I have opportunity.
1st, 3rd, & 4th Friday each Month: I host "Cup-a-Jo w/Jim" at Derby Riverside Café. Coffee is on me. Lets chat!