Keep your money – Fire your Commissioners

This letter to the editor was submitted to The Daily Times, but Dean Stone refused to publish it.

Keep your money – Fire your Commissioners

The past four years has proven that our incumbent County Commissioners are very good at three things; spending, borrowing and raising taxes.

First, spending – I publicly challenge the board to name one major spending request from a county department head, in the last four years where the board voted down their request.

Second, borrowing – for the past two years, the board’s “solution” to the recession and revenue shortfall was to deplete $10 Million from the Rainy Day Fund rather than control government spending. Are you aware that 24% of the County Budget now goes to paying the interest to finance their Debt?

Third, raising taxes–to help hide their gross mismanagement of government spending, twice the Board used “our children as political hostages” asking the citizens to raise the county sales tax rate as a ransom for “our children’s education.” If that wasn’t bad enough, the Board wasted $80,000 of our tax dollars to hold a special election asking the voters to vote in a $35 Wheel Tax; which was soundly rejected by 2 to 1 margin.

Believe it or not, these County Commissioners are proud of their record; so proud that they have the unmitigated gall to run for re-election.

The Board has admitted that they are at least $4 million short in the next year’s budget. If you re-elect your incumbent County Commissioners on May 6th, I promise you that they will raise your property taxes in June!

Our County Commissioners have proven that they are very good at spending, borrowing and raising taxes. Only YOU can stop this nonsense.

Keep your money – Fire Your Commissioners. Vote the incumbents out of office on May 6th.

 

Richard Hutchens

2 thoughts on “Keep your money – Fire your Commissioners

  1. I too have also written letters to The Daily Times which they refused to print before the last election of new school board members and the vote on a wheel tax because it made the candidate the daily times endorsed look bad due to his failure to pay 2-3 years back property taxes. However, when Mr. Cantrell paid his back taxes (on election day and after the school board got my letter stating they needed to lead by example)The Daily Times printed a nice little article on how Chris Cantrell paid his back properety taxes.I guess we were suppose to pat him on the back or something for doing what we honest taxpaying citizens do routinely every year! Had I been his wife I would have been highly upset because the property is solely listed in Mr.Cantrells name but he blamed his wife for the taxes not being paid. You would think a officer of the law would take responsibility for what he did wrong. His name was the only one on the deed.She wasn’t responsible for it.I feel as if the daily times failure to print the truth was dishonest and skewed a very close election between him and the opposing candidate. Taxpayers do not take to kindly of government officials skirting their personal tax responsibility. I do not purchase “The Daily Slime” and I never will. When I did read it I was always asking myself “Wonder what the TRUE STORY really is?” I do have my neighbor save her old ones to put around my tomatoes to keep the weeds out! Using it for that and toilet paper is about all its good for!

  2. I too have also written letters to The Daily Times which they refused to print before the last election of new school board members and the vote on a wheel tax because it made the candidate the daily times endorsed look bad due to his failure to pay 2-3 years back property taxes. However, when Mr. Cantrell paid his back taxes (on election day and after the school board got my letter stating they needed to lead by example)The Daily Times printed a nice little article on how Chris Cantrell paid his back properety taxes.I guess we were suppose to pat him on the back or something for doing what we honest taxpaying citizens do routinely every year! Had I been his wife I would have been highly upset because the property is solely listed in Mr.Cantrells name but he blamed his wife for the taxes not being paid. You would think a officer of the law would take responsibility for what he did wrong. His name was the only one on the deed.She wasn’t responsible for it.I feel as if the daily times failure to print the truth was dishonest and skewed a very close election between him and the opposing candidate. Taxpayers do not take to kindly of government officials skirting their personal tax responsibility. I do not purchase “The Daily Slime” and I never will. When I did read it I was always asking myself “Wonder what the TRUE STORY really is?” I do have my neighbor save her old ones to put around my tomatoes to keep the weeds out! Using it for that and toilet paper is about all its good for!

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