Democrats out of luck, reader thinks
One thing Joe Gallagher’s June 18 column concerning the county budget proved is that having “Democrat” after your name does not automatically mean tax and spend, and, as the county commission confirms, Republican politicians do not always live up to their core fiscal beliefs.
Joe’s excellently researched article showed us how far our county commission has to go to actually represent the constituents that elected them. As a county bureaucrat many years ago in another state, I learned that to get the budget you require to operate efficiently, you ask for no less than 10 percent more, knowing that the politicians will cut it at least that much. Back then we were talking thousands, not millions, but I’m sure the strategy is the same now.
Since many of our elected officials are ignorant of the fine points of running a government entity, they just go along with the recommendations of the “experts” rather than ask the hard questions that Joe asks now. What makes Blount County so special that our budget is more than double that of similar Tennessee counties?
But this does not fall completely on the commissioners. The voters placed them in office simply because they had “Republican” after their name. How many voters actually knew what their candidate’s qualifications were? As far as that goes, how many even knew who that candidate was, except that he or she was a Republican?
When taxes keep going up blame yourselves. There are intelligent and qualified persons living in Blount County that will not run for office because they are Democrat or Independent, and they know it would be a waste of time.
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