I might need to have my hearing checked. While watching the BOCS meeting today I thought I heard Mrs. Caddigan say that she was given $89,000 for her office account out of general funds for the year. I then thought I heard her say she didn’t need it so she donated it to the Montclair library.
Then I thought I heard the CXO say that this was the first of 5 such payments? My ears are ringing. This is a hell of a lot of money multiplied by 8. In fact, I expect it would have provided senior day care or perhaps even a resource officer or 2 for the middle schools.
If this expenditure is $712,000 per year times 5 is $3,560,000. How many supervisors don’t need these funds? Can’t we put them to use that will serve the entire county?
County employees haven’t had a raise in 3 years. We are short uniformed officers and promises made to fire and rescue have never been kept. These discretionary funds are growing by leaps and bounds and nothing else is.
Please tell me to have my hearing checked or that I misheard.
Also, while speaking of the county, let’s look at the new redistrict map keeping 7 magisterial districts. Am I having visual hallucinations or is the old Gainesville district being carved up in Sudley and Westgate? It seems to me that these are communities of interest and should not be split. I am willing to be in Coles District but I am just not sure how this community is to be carved up. The maps do not show street names. Do I smell a rat?