this weeks edition:
Times are changing…
Times surely are changing… few would dispute the weather has taken some peculiar turns lately. Maybe it’s the early start of school but summer has disappeared. I have been so busy with work and honey do jobs at the boat that I haven’t had time to ride my motorcycle. Of course the garage being so cluttered that I can’t get it out doesn’t help either. At any rate the leaves will be falling and the snow flying before we know it.
The rain last weekend was really needed. I didn’t even mind too much that it happened on my days away from the office. Many of the projects that I had on my list… the rain interfered with. We did manage a few but it was quite a relaxing weekend. I even found time for a nap Sunday afternoon. I must admit, that it was quite nice. In fact, rain or not… I might just try to find time to repeat that leisurely activity.
Is in-action better than no action…
Table… seemed to the word of the day at last Friday’s County Commission meeting. It seems that the majority of the agenda topics will have to be aired at another meeting. I am not an advocate of making decision without the facts so I am not against tabling a subject if the need is there. Most of the subject matter that found its way into this category didn’t have much to do with the facts. It was mostly financial. As mentioned in this space previously, and it’s certainly common knowledge around the Courthouse… the County doesn’t have any money. So, most of the tabling was a result of not having enough money to proceed.
I certainly don’t advocate spending money one doesn’t have. As I See It, that has always been the problem with the way county funds are budgeted. Elected officials are charged with guessing how much money they will take in during the year and then spending that amount, or most of it. All too often the revenue projections are not exactly what they should be, for whatever reason.
Those charged with this task have been pretty lucky with their juggling act of spending as usual and waiting till the money comes in to pay their bills. They even have it in State Code that when I and other companies do business with a governmental entity, I can’t charge them interest until that account is over 90 days late. Well guess what, utility companies don’t abide by the same rule when it comes to us paying them. The county sure socks it to us with hefty late fees when we don’t pay our taxes by the time they say they are due. in fact the fees the county and utilities’ charge are greater than what I am allowed to levy againt them. I sure don’t see the fairness in this type of two way street, but I guess that’s why our tax dollars go to all these county officials’ associations.
At any rate, I think the Commission was wise in not spending money they don’t have. It will be interesting to see how they react… It is a long term change in the way they do business or just temporary?
Will return soon...