With all the false information and statements floating around regarding the pay raises and upcoming budget vote, it’s a good time to bust a myth.
Myth Buster 1
Assertion by the political machine: Linda King and the people in “her group” are against the county employees. One author said that she never made any recommendation to that effect.
Fact: At the June 21, 2007 Blount County Commission meeting, Linda King spoke in favor of deputy pay raises and said that the people of Citizens for Blount County’s Future supported the pay raises. What she pointed out in her speech was that the Sheriff had turnback money in the budget that could have been used to give pay raises to deputies.
Some of the people in “her group” are the people that the same false statements are being made about today, namely Commissioners Karen Miller and Tona Monroe. Commissioner Mike Akard was not an active member of “her group” but the same false statements are being spread about him. These three commissioners voted against the unfinished, inadequate Evergreen Study. That doesn’t mean that they are against employee pay raises.
June 2007 could be June 2015. The story is the same. We hear about deputy pay but never hear about cuts. Turnback is only discussed if the citizens bring it up and they are branded as “naysayers” and being against the county employees for daring to mention that there be some accountability to the taxpayers. The Sheriff didn’t show much interest in his deputies when he had the money left over in his budget that could have been used to give raises.
The questions that the taxpayers should be asking are why do we not see the same routine out of other offices and departments? Why are the deputies always the ones being demagogued?