28 March 2014, Vol.1, No.25 > NINTH ORDER OF BUSINESS – COUNTY FUNDS!
The POCAHONTAS CRIER
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REFERENDUM FOR COUNTY FUNDING OF NGOs!
A cursory review of the minutes of the county commission for the past fifteen years or so will quickly reveal that local ‘NGOs’ (Non-Government Organizations) have been raiding the ‘county till’ (i.e., treasury) to the tune of tens-of-thousands of dollars – with little to nothing to show for it to the Citizen-Taxpayers of this County who are footing the bills! And this is all the more hypocritical when the current county commission forks over $80,000.00+ to a private NGO that allegedly works with a handful of ‘females-only’ –no male allowed – while the Durbin Library, which helps All Persons male & female, remains unfinished after several years of effort, along with the other county libraries that are collectively receiving less funding!
The example in this instant case is the NGO calling itself, High Rocks Academy, a private organization started by Susan Burt(-Kinderman), and operated by Susan Burt and her daughter, Sarah (Burt-Kinderman) Riley, that rakes in an estimated three-quarters-of-a-million dollars per/year from private and government ‘sponsors’ – yet still comes before the county commission begging for more funding! The tragedy is that High Rocks has received more funding as a ‘private-NGO’ than all FIVE LIBRARIES COMBINED – and still the Durbin Library remains unfinished! There is a saying that ‘Charity Begins At Home’, but if the current county commission wants to be so magnanimous at trying to ‘buy votes & support’ then Common Sense should dictate that the ‘Hotel/Motel Tax’ should actually go towards ‘TOURISM’ as the law requires and those elements that support ‘Tourism’ – which the public libraries actually do – compared to whatever it is that High Rocks claims to be doing that allegedly ‘empowers young women’! Maybe High Rocks should also submit a ‘petition’ to declare itself a RAD (Resort Area District) like Snowshoe so it too can become a ‘quasi-municipality’ since the funding it receives from the county-treasury is more than all other organizations combined – and as a whole more than that of Hillsboro or Durbin or perhaps even Marlinton itself!
Ironically when reading the statutory-laws regarding giving private NGOs public-funds, it appears that there very well may be a LIMITATION of only $1000.00 per/request per/organization – if so, then the current county commission has gone way, way, beyond what they are allowed to do by law when giving away pubic-funds! And worse yet is that since NGOs are not government agencies, they have not provided any ‘cost-to-ratio-benefit’ as to just how providing them funds has been a BENEFIT TO THE MAJORITY OF CITIZENS of this county instead of paying the salaries of just a few private, non-government, individuals! This is truly a matter in which,
‘THE COMMON GOOD MUST COME BEFORE SELF OR ANY SPECIAL INTEREST!’
Therefore, the first priority for a new county commission coming into its first meeting in January 2015 would be to require a legal opinion from BOTH the State Ethics Commission & the Office of the Attorney General regarding the stated LIMITATION of providing $1000.00 per/request per/NGO and whether or not that is indeed the limitation or not so that all the county commissioners and various groups and organizations will know what to expect in the future. And the second priority for an honest & righteous local government should be to establish a proper county budget that includes all the county government agencies that come under the oversight of the county commission to have a proper budget set forth. Then once completed and the budget is met as required by law – a list of all county agencies & NGOs looking for assistance could be compiled – and a Public Referendum could be established so that the rank & file Citizen-Taxpayers can choose what NGOs, if any, should be funded with public-funds for the mutual benefit of everyone! And it is also from public-funds such as this that Public Works Projects can be funded and unemployed folks put to work – and these projects too can be chosen by priority by the Citizen-Taxpayers of the county for the mutual benefit of all!
THIS TIME…there’s no excuse…
IT’S YOUR CHOICE…
TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER!
Just say ‘NO’ to those who want to keep this county in Poverty & Pauperism
– and –
Just SAY ‘YES’ to real Progress & Prosperity for the future!
On Primary Day – YOU have a chance to elect two persons that will always put YOU first! They know that:
THE GREATER COMMON GOOD ALWAYS COMES BEFORE SELF OR ANY SELF-SERVING SPECIAL INTEREST!
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► Since Norman is unopposed, he recommends that you
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county can again have an Honest & Just county
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