To The Daily Sun,
I have yet to see some type of justification on the behalf of the county commission. Maybe I have missed it, I have been wrong before. I have also learned to keep my mouth closed in those situations. . . Hmmmm?? There could be a perfectly good reason for for needing huge sums of money or else the county will "shutdown." If there is, I would love to hear the explanation of such events.
To take roughly $230,000 from 100 line items doesn't sound right at all. I would like to hear a simple explanation and there is one. Instead we are getting a "dog and pony show."
I can provide a simple explanation with a few simple definitions.
1. Tax — Charge against a citizens person or property of activity for the support of government.
2. Budget — A sum of money allocated for a particular purpose.
3. Dereliction — Willful negligence.
4. Duty — Work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons.
You can piece them together how you see fit. The commission is railroading through a budget and transfers that please them as they see fit. It is not "their" budget to spend as they please. It is the county's and the commission had been given the time and resources to create a budget that would meet the needs of the nursing home and the jail. This is just a fiasco and blaming the people who are putting their reputations on the line to keep them honest is not going to end it.
Ridiculous analogies about vacations and clothes dryers have no bearing on what goes on in most households. Some people have to choose between heat OR food because getting both isn't an option. That being said, I could care less if inmates don't get TVs or cable paid for by the government. You can bet that there is money budgeted for that in the $25 million price tag.
Make a budget and stick to it. Moving a few thousand dollars to make it work is one thing. Misleading transfers for hundreds of thousands is absurd and inexcusable.
Andrew J. Weeks
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