Ding Dong! Discretionary funds are dead
No sooner than the ink dried than Corey Stewart emailed out a message regarding the hotly debated discretionary funds:
I wanted to be the first to let you know that today the Prince William County Board of Supervisors voted to eliminate discretionary funds from our budgets.
During my tenure as Chairman, I have always looked at ways to decrease the size of government and increase transparency. I am pleased that the Board was able to reach a consensus and agree that these funds were not in the best interest of the county or its taxpayers. It also should be noted that we have put into place tighter controls on how Board members staff their offices or enter into contracts with outside vendors for constituent outreach. These amendments were added to make sure the Board is beyond reproach.
While leading the Board, I have been proud of the financial management of this county. This is reflected in our three AAA bond ratings, a budget that has been reduced by $143 million, and tax bills that are 30% lower than the rest of the region.
Prince William County is a model of how conservative government should work.
It is also an example of the success a locality can have when they adhere to conservative principles. Prince William County is ranked #1 in job growth in Virginia and #3 in the country. The county also saw its median income jump by more than $3,000 making us the 9th wealthiest county in the nation.
It is not an accident or coincidence that we received these accolades; it is because of the fiscal discipline exhibited by not only this board but previous boards.
I look forward to continuing to serve as your Chairman of this dynamic and diverse county.
I am not happy with the end result because I don’t understand it. In the usual PWC BOCS manner, Pete Candland’s Resolution was slammed through….like a dose of salts as the old folks used to say. Supervisor Jenkins attempted to attach several amendments to it. He succeeded. Supervisor Candland seemed to want something a little different. I got the distinct impression he wanted to set up a few “thou shalt nots,” and let us go home and talk to our families, friends and neighbors about the new restrictions and try it all on for size. But that was not to be.
If we no longer have discretionary funds, what do we have? How do we just stop doing one thing and offer no replacements? What Supervisor Candland meant as food for thought and a few stop gap measures all of a sudden became a full course meal. It was as though he disturbed a grizzly bear encampment. The bears rose up on their hind legs and fought back with great fury.
I was withholding judgement. I wanted to see what our options were. That was not to be.
What impressions did you all have? Did I misread it? Please share. What were your impressions of the day’s events.
******* Beware of unintended consequences.******
*** Note: Corey used his Corey for Lt. Gov. Stationery for this announcement rather than the Chairman of the Board of Supervisor Stationery. Isn’;t that what some of this is about? Corey….psssst!!!! You were acting as chariman today, not as the Lt. gov.
The Sheriff is taking his much deserved victory lap. funny, he and I had some of the same impressions, especially about meanness.