The Times have their wires crossed
The editorial in Sunday’s Times shows how disconnected I believe this paper has become with the majority of the citizens in Hall County. They begin by pointing out that Commissioner Lutz has been fighting against a park that he campaigned against and they feel that it is grandstanding. They even go so far as to thank the Chairman for ignoring his duties and violating Robert’s Rules. Since when did breaking the law and your campaign promises make you endearing to the public?
The problem here is that has their rational all wrong. They point out that Commissioner Lutz supported interim administration, severance packages, and short term attorneys as items that have spent money, not saved it. What they fail to point out is that the interim administrators are making the same amount as the old, the short term attorneys have billed less than the old, and that they long term benefit from the severance packages is there will be less salary paid in the future because they down sized senior management. In other words, they have reduced future budgets that have been projected to be revenue deficient.
What the Times would like for you to think is that Commissioner Lutz will be responsible for our upcoming tax hike. I have heard that the Chairman already started to set tax increase expectations in the state of the County address when he talked to the Hall County Republicans. So now the spin starts. My source close to Commissioner Lutz informed me that Lutz’s intent was to strip everything that had reoccurring cost from the park. Lutz was trying to save future dollars to prevent tax pressure.
Everyone wants to be proud of the things in this county, but no one wants to pay for them. I believe that what Commissioner Lutz would like to see, is a Band-Aid placed on the park until the revenue gets to the point where we can afford the niceties. I am shocked that people are quite about this park when we have employees on furloughs. My favorite quote from the article is; “Americans’ trust in government at all levels is at an all-time low. Incidents like a ridiculous flap over bathrooms only serve to widen that divide between elected officials and the people who hired them to serve.” Are you kidding me? You want to see trust hit an all time low, wait until they propose a budget with a tax increase.
Hugh Hall County Akston