I guess it is time to review some of the latest county indiscretions. If I had more time I could turn this blog editorial piece into an almost daily column.
Let’s first look at the Wade Walker library and YMCA fiasco. It appears that our county commissioners are asleep at the switch. We ask them as public elected officials to watch over our tax money and be good stewards of those funds. We already know how well they have taken care of that duty. I will, however, give them a little bit of slack here. When I was on the Board of Education I often looked for our administration to give us good advice and guidance when we were voting on issues. It took me awhile before I realized the advice I was given could not be trusted or always believed. The same is true of our board of commissioners. They too have been often the recipients of bad advice. It is OK to be fooled some of the time, but not all of the time. I am disappointed that very senior members of our commission with lots of experience continue to make so many bad decisions without raising at least meaningful objections. Giving county tax money to charities, buying paintings for office walls , donations to public buildings, having their name affixed on cornerstones, paying tax money to people on other commissioners staff, and paying boyfriends money to be your political advisor. I could go on but this should suffice.
Now we have the Wade Walker fiasco. Public land purchased for parks had the YMCA placed on it. Federal money being used outside of the rules for its use. We are now finding out that the taxpayer will have to bail us out of this incompetent foul up. When will the voters of DeKalb County realize that we must turn out all of the commissioners except one or possibly two. Nancy Jester seems to be the only one looking out for the taxpayer. How novel she is. She is actually doing what she was elected to do. She is such a refreshing voice to this commission of dullards. They refuse to fight and will only play nice because they value being catered to and serving more in public office more than the taxpayers they serve. We should be demanding resignations.
This is the same group of people who voted to borrow the money for a new animal shelter when the money was already appropriated to build it. Waste the taxpayers money on interest instead of paying for an animal shelter. If you have not seen our current shelter you should. It is deplorable. We are years overdue for a humane animal shelter. The same commissioner that led this fight wants the library built where it would be a waste as well as possible violation of the law.
Now the Board of Education(BOE) is back in the incompetence business. They hired a firm to search for highly paid administrators to serve on Dr. Green’s personal “kitchen cabinet”. The BOE approved $150,000 for a search firm that Dr. Green just skirted to hire his cronies from his previous district. Nothing wrong with that except they all registered with the search firm after they had been hired. The BOE will basically question nothing because of what happened to the previous BOE that was removed by the Governor. Thank you Governor Deal and Mark Elgart. I hope the voter is now figuring out that these people removed any fight from the BOE. They are just like the commissioners. They like the privilege they receive and elected office. The students and taxpayers they serve are meaningless. Sometimes you need to make a public outcry because it is your duty. Nancy Jester does and she sheds light on the darkness. I commend her for her efforts.
I assume nothing will happen here. The arm of the law does not seem interested in prosecuting anything or anybody. Not even the Feds. They turn their back on issues that need to be seriously investigated. Some even point to our DA. If they are false investigate and remove the sword of Damocles. If they are real prosecute.
All of this makes me want to revisit city hood. Not all of these issues would come under why cities were being investigated, but some would have eventually fallen on a city government that would have had a much smaller area to probe.
I think it is time to begin evaluating whether we need a BOE and the current board of commissioners. Can you spell INCOMPETENCE?