To The Daily Sun,
One reads that the county commissioners have decided to redraft the budget which was due on December 1 to include an additional $136,000 in spending. What is the statutory basis for this request? Why would anyone be inclined to support a new and expanded budget when the commissioners have proven to be so inept in administering funds?
When the 2017 commissioner's budget was agreed upon by a 2 to 1 vote on December 5, it was after a $1,175,000 mistake in the first budget, which was approved on December 2. That first budget was a non-starter once the Department of Revenue Administration discovered the county's mistake. After some trimming by Mr. DeVoy to attempt to bridge the the difference between the December 2 budget and perceived county needs, Mr. Taylor balked, which action produced a tie vote. To secure Mr. Taylor's vote, Mr. DeVoy added two expensive and unnecessary employees. To pay for these additional personnel and to compensate for other unneeded expenses, the two commissioners increased the drawdown on the fund balance by $408,657 The irony of their later complaint of an insufficient fund balance seems lost on them.
Their is waste and inefficiency in finance and administration. Corrections has not skillfully used the additional corrections officers put in place over the past two years If it is felt that more correctional officers should be
put in place then they should be part time officers as the county has the ability to hire up to five more full time equivalent personnel. Some outside agencies absolutely should have their county budgets cut or, in two cases,
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