(Seguin) -- Guadalupe County Judge Kyle Kutscher wants to secure a spot on the ballot as he seeks another term in office. Kutscher is in the process of filing for re-election for the March 2018 Republican Primary. Kutscher says he wants to continue his work on the commissioners court and looks forward to meeting the needs of the county's future.
"It's been really an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the taxpayers as this county's judge. I'd like to continue that service. We've been very active in preparing for growth and a lot of things that have effected the county that will affect the county moving forward. So really I'd like to continue working with the team and commissioners court and Guadalupe County and all the officials that we have to be able to make those preparations for what the county is going to be facing," said Kutscher.
Kutscher, who is seeking his second term in office, says while there is still plenty of work that needs tackling, he also understands the importance of planning and being proactive.
"One of the major aspects the county is going to have to focus on is planning efforts. So we talked about planning through budgetary means so we can be as efficient and effective as possible in spending taxpayer dollars, but big scale, the more that we can plan, the more that we can look forward, whether it's construction renovation projects, transportation projects, economic development, trying to preserve what so much of us like in this small town and county and our community, the farming, ranching, agricultural interest, all of those things -- the more that we can plan, the better we can see those issues coming up -- the better that we can prepare to set funds aside to spend dollars on those projects and have a less of a negative impact at a single time on the tax rate on the budget (and) not talking specifically just about growth and construction projects or roads or how many people are coming here. If you want to focus on one thing that we need to look at as a county moving forward is just to continue improving our planning efforts across the board. So we can be proactive and prepared for what's coming," said Kutscher.
Kutscher says for a county this size, there are definitely challenges with serving different parts of the county because there are so many different needs. However as county judge, he understands the importance of doing what is best for everyone and tackling each independent need as it comes forward.
"But as stated, there are different cities with different issues and challenges and needs and wants. So there's a lot of tug of wars sometimes on pulling on resources and trying to focus on certain things. With the west end, you got Schertz and Cibolo that are each about over 30,000, right around 30,000 people and growing fast. City of Seguin is similar in size, but has some different unique challenges because of location and history and some of those things. So those cities may be similar in size, but really can be very different in their history, their make up, what they want to focus on and accomplish in the future. Then you go outside the cities, you've still got very rural areas with farming, ranching, agricultural interest with a large amount of development that could affect all of those types of properties over the long term -- so many different avenues and areas that really have different needs. We have to try to focus on all of those things," said Kutscher.
Kutscher says he maintains his commitment to operating with a conservative budget -- a budget that he says has been successful in addressing the demands of a growing county.
Prior to serving as county judge, Kutscher served a term as county commissioner precinct 2. The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6.