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.