(NASHVILLE, TN), June 20, 2011 — The Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA) has named Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) as the recipient of the organization’s first-ever “Check and Balance Award.” Presented at TCSA’s Post-Legislative Conference June 8 in Gatlinburg, the award is intended to honor and recognize the legislator’s initiative and work in ensuring the protection of local taxpayer dollars.
“Legislators who receive this award should first have knowledge of county government issues and, secondly, be supportive of the local governments in their debates in the General Assembly,” said TCSA President and Tipton County Executive Jeff Huffman in presenting the award. “Most importantly, the recipient of this newly created award must be willing to do something about these issues. The idea is to ensure local control of local expenditures and no mandates, especially back-door mandates that cost local taxpayers.”
TCSA intends to continue awarding the Check and Balance Award to legislators who, like Senator Yager, epitomize what it was created to show.
“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Senator Yager, who is Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee and a former County Executive. “It is very important to recognize that any mandates from the state to local governments costs taxpayers at the local level, particularly property owners. We must continue to be vigilant in practicing sound financial policies as we navigate through tough economic times in our state.”
TCSA offers a broad range of management and intergovernmental relations through its technical, financial, and advocacy services. The purpose is to improve the operation of Tennessee county government and thereby the services counties provide to their residents.