Candland proposes beginning fix to discretionary funding problem
Supervisor Candland is proposing a resolution to begin a much more extensive process to our “discretionary” spending problem in PWC. To read the full resolution, click here.
Discretionary money only scratches the surface to a much broader endemic problem in Prince William County– Who, what, when , where receives tax payer funding that is not a direct government entity. I am a strong proponent of private/public partnerships. However, in PWC, there is no real process for which non profit receives tax payer funds. Our “process”, or lack thereof, has been at the sole behest of the individual Supervisor. The only pseudo check and balance is a perfunctory Board approval that we all know is simply a rubber stamp.
Ending discretionary funding will not solve this problem. We give away 12 million dollars in each annual budget to our “community partners”. I would like to know, how are these partners selected? While some may seem obvious, many others may not be. What is the process that defines the success of such groups? How do other counties partner with non-profits?
What citizens like myself are wondering is, where is the transparency for funding these groups? This is not a left or right issue, this is not a republican or democrat issue, this is an issue of fairness and open government.
Prince William County can no longer operate like a ”good ole boy” network. It is time to govern like we are a modern exurb of our nations capitol! My hope is that the Board of Supervisors will take Peter Candland’s resolution and not just approve it, but build upon it and really start addressing how we do allocate our government funds in PWC.
This resolution is not about ending private public partnerships, it is about improving our process so that there is a fair playing field, one that is transparent to citizens and non profits alike.