NEW VERNON TOWNSHIP — In January, when the Mercer County commissioners were considering the purchase of a new voting system, they delayed their decision on Commissioner Scott Boyd’s recommendation.
Jeff Greenburg, Mercer County voter registration and election director, said Boyd found discrepancies in two proposals by one of the vendors.
Boyd said his background in private business left him well-prepared for spotting financial issues.
“It prepared me to make high-level financial and personnel decisions that I have made use of since I became commissioner,” he said.
Boyd is hoping to continue putting that experience to work in a second term as a county commissioner. He announced Monday his intention to seek re-election by running in the Republican primary May 21.
During his first three years as a commissioner since being elected in 2015, the commissioners — Boyd, fellow Republican Matt McConnell and Democrat Tim McGonigle — cut property taxes in the 2017 and 2018 budgets before holding the levy at 23.65 mills.
Boyd said keeping tax rates under control was a challenge in his first term and will continue to be daunting going forward, with anticipated expenses for a new voting system and replacement of aging bridges.
“There is constant pressure to spend more money, more unfunded mandates, more expenses that come along,” he said.
Boyd said he has worked with a focus on economic development, including promotion of education in the skilled trades, including welding and electrical maintenance.
“It’s important for students to know there are good, family sustaining jobs available without taking on college debt,” Boyd said.
Before he was elected to the board, Boyd, of New Vernon Township, served on the Lakeview School Board and worked as a financial executive at Greenville Medical Center, Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church and other businesses.
Agriculture is another of Boyd’s passions — he lives near the farm where he grew up. He has served as the commissioners’ liaison to several agricultural agencies, including the Penn State Extension in Mercer County.
If his re-election bid is successful, Boyd said he would like to continue economic successes, including a planned development along Interstate 80 near the Mercer interchange, where a national company is in negotiations for a warehouse-manufacturing center that could attract from 300 to 900 jobs.
“I want to continue to see economic growth,” he said.
Boyd joins Marcus Kohan and incumbent Matt McConnell in the Republican primary field. Democrats Dr. Robert Multari and incumbent McGonigle are running.