Before getting into the meat of this post, I want to thank Lee County Clerk Christi Dockery for being so responsive to my requests and being pro-active in making sure I get all announcements sent to the local media. She, Alan Ours, Bob Alexander, Marshall Wilcox, and the rest of the county staff have been GREAT whenever I’ve called with a question, and I really appreciate it.
Yesterday, I got an e-mail announcement that was sent to the local press that the county commissioners would be retreating to Callaway Gardens for two days “discuss goals for 2010″.
I’ve got two issues with this:
First, why do the Commissioners need to have a taxpayer-funded weekend vacation AWAY from the taxpayers to discuss their goals for 2010? Why couldn’t that discussion happen as part of the regularly scheduled work session meeting that was held Tuesday night? What are their “goals” that they are so afraid of the public knowing about?
Second, there are a number of facilities much closer to Lee County that would be much cheaper on the county budget (re: taxpayer dollars) than Callaway Gardens. This includes one facility they bought – Grand Island! Chairman Duffy continues to praise county staff for doing more with less, but apparently he is not interested in saving money when spending it means he gets a taxpayer funded weekend vacation.
Not only would these facilities be cheaper, they would also allow the public to attend, due to their closer proximity to Lee County. But the ommissioners aren’t interested in genuine public input, apparently.
My final point is directed at a single commissioner, who announced in this week’s Lee County Ledger that he intends to run for re-election this year. Commissioner Dennis Roland continuously haggles county staff over the smallest penny, and has stated repeatedly that he would not vote for the new library because it was over his arbitrary limit. But where was his opposition to this taxpayer funded vacation to one of the prime fishing spots in Georgia?
Written by Jeff Sexton. Jeff Sexton co-owns the political blog SWGAPolitics.com and is a candidate for the Leesburg City Council.