I have not backed down on fiscal responsibility issues, or work on returning the proper role of government as the result of the coordinated effort to try and take my voice away.
The most recent letters to the editor at the record eagle are carefully arranged for maximum effect. In failing to note the name of one writer as a Democrat activist, and who is the wife of one of the other commissioners, that is also the VICE CHAIR of the GT Democrat party, the Record Eagle has failed in properly presenting opinion once again.
The letter the next day from that commissioner, failed to note his position as vice chair for the DEMOCRAT PARTY of Grand Traverse county.
A letter writer last week was Bernie (Bernol) Soutar, the candidate whom I beat by 30% in November for the 1st district seat which I represent. He is ALSO the TREASURER for the Grand Traverse County Democrats.
Its political. Soften up the competition. The shellacking received by Democrats in the November election seems to have them digging in and taking shots well before the next election cycle coming up.
Its all good. Now that I understand their primary motivation, I can concentrate on finding unique solutions for Grand Traverse County’s fiscal future. We are not yet out of THAT crisis, but I can report that the administrator, and the board, are very conscious of where we are headed in this time of reduced property values and shrinking revenues. We are ALL (including that one commissioner) working towards solutions that get you more bang for the buck.
Today’s ROAD COMMISSION report had a brief clip about a couple of interesting items.
1. The tribal road inventory additions of some of the county’s non federal roads (holiday & Lafranier used as examples) could lead to federal dollars being brought in for their needed repairs. Though I am not a big fan of going out and getting federal money (I feel it happens all over so we pay for it anyhow) the tribal road inventory additions may help to repair specific areas that we have had difficulty putting together financing for.
2. The replacement for the Cass road bridge would be approx 9 million dollars. Think about this, and the Dam situation. Have I been talking about upcoming costs of removal enough? Maybe not enough, but I think you get the picture.
A couple of folks on the parks commission seems to have a problem letting go of the American Legion baseball program. They would encumber the vets with more contract language than is necessary. We will be meeting with them on the 16th. The county board has the ultimate say, but procedurally we have to endure the attempt to burden the program operators with punitive measures. Stay tuned on this.
3. In the midst of our migration from defined benefits to defined contributions for county employees, we are trying to find a solution that is fair to the employees, and allows them to accept promotions without being punished. The retirement system we utilize is pressuring us for an absolute decision that could cost the county a great deal. It was on today’s plate, but has been moved to the leftover shelf. Feel free to call me if you have any questions on this. (I’m in the book)
In fact feel free to catch me in the evenings or leave a message with Candy (truly my better half) during the day.