None of the Above

“The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Last week our County Commissioners hired a Financial Advisor.  Generally, I am a proponent of “variable labor” (aka contractors) because you do not pay for benefits and if a full time employee is underutilized, they will grow their position to fit their time.  I guess the County’s rational for this hire was that assistance was needed to accommodate the expected growth in government.  For the county to hire someone on staff to do a limited function generally invites waste; but as a skeptic of the scope creep government has I am concerned that there are long term growth plans that as a taxpayer, I don’t want to pay for.   

The Director of Finance, Vickie Neikirk, told the Times that she “foresees the firm helping in such matters as how to handle debt, capital projects, refinancing and cash-flow issues.”  Now, paint me a skeptic, but doesn’t this sound like a growth issue? 

As I look at the state of our economy, I have to wonder why the county would be looking at taking on debt or starting capital projects.  Also, words like “cash-flow issues” sound like an invitation to increase taxes. 

So while I would normally say contractor is better than a full time hire, in this case I say none of the above. 

Riled Up

  3 comments for “None of the Above

  1. November 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Looks like I’m entirely in the wrong profession here in Hazzard! Didn’t Flowery Branch just take on one of these financial advisers?? And here I thought finance was a dying, unstable profession with the Great Recession of 2008. I guess not if you market to government. We need a special section at the Boar’s Nest for all these new folks flush with cash. Pony up to the bar & lay me down a cold Benjamin.

  2. Dagny Taggert
    November 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    What about that big new pond the county is building near Lula? Won’t the finance department need help on that? Since evidently No One in the finance department can handle that nor can the county special consultant or the administrator or the assitant administrator. Might as well hire a company that can handle it. Here’s a thought, why don’t we hire this company to run the finance department? Then we would not need all the people in the finance department.

    • Riled Up
      November 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

      I think the first question would be: do we need or want the pond? Then if we do want the pond, how hard is it to get a GEFA loan or a bond?

      As far as outsourcing, I agree.

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