Fear and Loathing | Don’t have to take it anymore

Maybe I’m the only person in Waynesboro who cares, but I still have to point this out. We’re paying two city managers just under a quarter of a million dollars to run the city for us this year. You knew that already, of course. That, and that the assistant city manager was the city planner, and still is the city planner, for the foreseeable future. And that we’ve been without an economic-development director in a recession for going on our fifth month now (!), and aren’t going to get one on board until the spring at the earliest.

Oh, and we had gone out of our way to add another top position in our public-works department to add more fiscal oversight to the city’s biggest department at a time when it’s undertaking several infrastructure projects, and now that guy’s been R-U-N-N-O-F-T.

And in the meanwhile, the guys responsible for the most egregious government mismanagement this side of the Potomac have done all this while raising the costs to us the taxpayers after running for and winning office based on their very promise not to do what they’ve been doing. Your car tax – it’s going up this year. Your water, sewer, garbage-collection fees – all up this year.

And then, and you know I’m not making this up, these guys want to pay themselves more to do this to us, a lot more, in fact.

And guess what? It’s going to get worse before it gets better. And it’s not going to get better anytime soon.

We don’t have to take this, of course. Even though we are.

 

– Column by Chris Graham


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