Guest Post by “Fed Up”
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Corey Stewart has been caught again playing fast and loose with taxpayers’ dollars, despite his best efforts to conceal another boondoggle. Buried deep in a staff report (http://www.pwcgov.org/documents/bocs/agendas/2010/0803/8-A.pdf) on the carryover budget (page 8 of a 54 page document), considered by the Board the same day his scheming with the Avendale development was distracting everyone, and abetted by the inability of his own staff and the local media to perform elementary school arithmetic, Stewart slipped through nearly a million dollars in additional taxpayer money for the Supervisors’ offices.
From the “News & Messenger” on August 15,
“The budget item was passed as part of a much larger carryover budget, in which items from the previous fiscal year get carried over to the new fiscal year. According to county spokesman Jason Grant, the $712,000 increase should have been included in the fiscal 2011 budget process, but was accidentally omitted.”
Should have been included in fiscal 2011 budget process? Ya think? Then why not consider it as a separate budget item at the August 3 meeting rather than burying it in the staff report on the carryover?
The budget increases are shown in the detailed line items in the accompanying exhibit. I can’t get to $712,000 out of these numbers. They add up to $931,182 on my computer. Nearly a million taxpayer dollars for things some supervisors say they don’t need and others plan to squander. Staff can’t add and reporters don’t check the numbers. No wonder this County is in such bad shape.
Further from the same article, “Supervisors Michael C. May, R-Occoquan, Martin Nohe, R-Coles and Maureen S. Caddigan, D-Dumfries, voted against the budget increase. The three agreed that this wasn’t the time to add money to the budget when county employees haven’t received a cost of living adjustment the last two years.”
Yet regarding Nohe, “With $273,591 squirreled away in carryover funds, Nohe hopes to use those savings in his budget to complete a bicycle trail to Hoadly Road.” Marty – how about just give it back if you vote against it saying this move is wrong? You want a bicycle trail when we’re struggling to balance the budget, have cut transportation for seniors, can’t provide all the basics our schools need, and staff hasn’t received a cost of living increase in two years?
Why does Wally Covington need an additional $302,004? He never returns calls or has time to see anyone unless they are a developer or big landowner bearing campaign contributions.
In a separate article the same day, the “News & Messenger” reports, “Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart was $7,500 over his office budget the past year. According to Stewart, a change in benefits for one of his staffers, as well as a necessary salary increase for another, necessitated the increase in spending during the fiscal year. Stewart, who had a $230,556 budget in fiscal 2010, employs three staff aides—one of whom received a $15,000 bump in salary.”
Corey – how many other County employees received a “change in benefits” or a “$15,000 bump in salary”? Is your staffer working so hard on your campaign for reelection next year and your campaign for Lt. Governor in 2013 that you thought they deserved a big tip from PWC taxpayers?
Next time Corey claims to be a fiscal conservative, watch out for him also trying to sell you some swamp land. Oh, I forgot. Corey already promised that swampland to the Gainesville Grizzlies parents in exchange for their volunteering their kids as shills in his scheme to get Avendale passed.