Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gloucester County Board of Supervisors continues to elude Public Trust

Open Letter to the Citizens of Gloucester County Virginia

I had planned to return to the State Constitution today; however, reading the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, dated July 11, 2013, and several of Mr Thompson’s stories over the weekend I must deviate from my plan.

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors continues to violate the public trust with the total disregard of prudent stewardship of the funds entrusted to them for county funding.  Giving county employees a paid day off on 5 July, knowing that their federal employee neighbors were given multiple days off without pay, violates our trust and your duties as supervisors.  To be fair to the taxpayers you could eliminate 5 jobs to pay for this.  Where can we find 5 jobs you ask – get rid of Animal Control and replace them with one part time person to review license and rabies certificates as required by the Virginia Code.  They have not done anything since you brought part of the code into compliance with Virginia Law, as reported by the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal or actually not reported by them.  If you want to spend money then you need to cut it from some other part of the budget; that is what the rest of us have to do.

The next issue Gloucester County Board of Supervisors violates the public trust is the pay raises for county employees why only two? Why not the working people in the county?  I have to wonder if the Board of Supervisors are total incompetent based on the latest story from Mr. Thompson on Ted Wilmot (new salary $126,819), http://www.gloucestercounty-va.com/2013/07/gloucester-county-attorney-ted-wilmot.html.  I have no comment on County Administrator Brenda Garton’s (new salary $152,863) raise other than why now, the economy does not support it.  What jobs will you eliminate to pay for these raises?  I saw in the Daily Press on Sunday the salaries of the people across the water that is the concern of the tax payer over there.  Let the underpaid people leave and go somewhere else.  People are not leaving jobs in this economy and if they did there are a lot others to take their place.  Also it is a lot cheaper to live in Gloucester than on the other side of the river.

Now I want to discuss potentially the most blatant violation if they do not vote no, of the Board of Supervisors and the County School Board.  Not since Moses went up on the mountain to get the Law from God and the rest of the people collected all of the Gold to make a golden calf has there been another case of monument building by any people.  The school age population is decreasing; the ability to teach on line by public and private schools reduces the need for physical buildings for our youth to get an education.  Both boards have shown they are not capable of making fiscal responsible decisions since they voted to tear down the existing building and to build new.  If new is the way to go build a $12 million school, funds you all ready have.  You are asking for an additional $17 million for your monument to greatness.  Monuments to greatness are no promise of a better education.  Based on typical government projects if this is approved based on past government projects the school will end up costing not $24-29 million, but more likely in the range of $50-100 million before the doors are opened to the first student.  We do not need this type of irresponsible spending by people that are looking to build a monument to their greatness.  What has the board accomplished besides spending money?  Tell the Board of Supervisors at the public hearing next month.  The Gazette-Journal did not publish when the public hearing will be next month; check the blog for the date.  People of Gloucester let your representative know this is not how we want to spend our limited education budget on a monument to stupidity, we want responsibility in our elected officials and if do not get it we will vote for people that will give it to us.  IF you want to do this what are you going to cut out of the budget to pay for this monument?  You are paid to make the hard decisions.

Ms. Theberge was voted out as the Republican Candidate for Gloucester County At Large Supervisor in June because of her violation of public trust and failure to listen to the people she represents.  Three new supervisions will start in January of 2014.  This Blog Site does remember history and will reuse stories.  The four members that are not currently up for reelection your vote on this matter will be put in front of the voters when you come up for reelection.  Vote no for any bonds and increase in taxes and yes for being good stewards of the public funds and achieve the public trust.  The only monument the School Board should be building is students that can go anywhere and do anything because of a high caliber education.

“For the Common Good. “

Alexander James Jay

This is a good time for an historical reminder.  Common Sense, the document that fueled the American Revolution and brought about the Declaration of Independence.  The suppressed history of our nation that most would have you forget.  We are putting up a copy here for everyone to read.

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