I first wrote about this back on Jan 22nd– patting the Greene County Commission on the back, for taking a stand for their taxpayers.
On Jan 28, 2010- the Dayton Daily News called them on the carpet:
Greene County’s commissioners are either being petty or they’re lost in the financial weeds.
Last week Commissioners Marilyn Reid and Alan Anderson approved a $44.7 million operating budget, in which they cut funding to the Dayton Development Coalition to $25,000.
The coalition is an economic development organization that is funded with contributions from local governments and area businesses.
Commissioner Rick Perales voted no, in part, because he wanted to guarantee that the coalition will receive $50,000. A Greene County development agency may yet decide to kick in another $25,000.
You’re reading all of this right. Greene County has an almost $45 million budget, and elected officials are haggling over peanut shells — not even the peanuts. But there’s more.
Last year, Greene County contributed $50,000 to the coalition, while in 2008, the commissioners allotted $195,000.
The commissioners paint the reductions as a statement about cost-cutting. But that’s not serious.
Why do our politicians feel incapable of lobbying directly? Isn’t that what the layers of government are supposed to do? Move things up the food chain?
Greg and I have a little discussion for you on this- questioning how this group of lobbyists gets a virtual free pass from the Dayton Daily News- and we wonder why?
It’s about time our politicians started doing the lobbying for us directly. Otherwise, why bother electing them at all- we can just cut the checks directly to the DDC and cut out the middle men.