Now Lane County is asking for help with the budget from citizens. But will they listen?
Looking to the public for guidance, the five-member board will take the problem to the people in town-hall-style meetings starting later this month. But it’s anybody’s guess whether the public will bother to turn out. Last year, few citizens showed up for hearings about a proposed income tax to expand county public safety work. Voters then killed an income tax plan – twice.
Perhaps the public knows they’re not really listening. How many times have the Commissioners been told public safety is job number one? Yet they’re still on a hiring binge (see for yourself at http://www.co.lane.or.us/jobs/), and then cut sheriff and jail jobs? Is anybody out there?
Here’s a recap of recent news detailing failed fiscal policy. Citizens have spoken clearly on this issue, but consider the following and judge for yourself – are they listening?
- Cutting Public Safety
- Continue to hire in non-public safety areas, including managers and a nuisance abatement specialist.
- Layoff workers, but not managers? (After all, they gave them out a 20% raise last December)
Come on Commissioners, you’ve been told many times what citizens want, why can’t you do it?