Remember this? Your county commissioners did not listen when you told them not to raise your property taxes.
Who is your county commissioner? By: Steve Trubilla
As of today there are 75 days until the Primary Election;Tuesday March 15 2016. Leadership matters. This election, for the first time in many years the county commissioner for the 1st District, Mr. Sidney Dunston faces a Primary challenge. Vote, send a message, "No means no".
It is election time again; do you feel you are better off now for the voting choices you made during the last election?
Nationally, the polls reflect most are not satisfied with the performance of many that were elected. When you get into the weeds, you find many of them have been there for years, some of them decades. If the past is any indication of what will happen in the future, expect most of them to remain there. I would like to be able to explain why this happens, but explaining why people do stupid things is an exercise in futility. Stupid is exactly how I characterize those who continue to vote for, hire if you will, people who are not doing what you pay them to do.
Courtesy of the sideshow that is the Presidential election, the media is center on the big stage pumping ratings. It is early in the running and I have plenty of time to speak to the many issues. For now I want to focus on the little stage; the local Franklin County stage.
Back to the question of do you feel you are better off now for the voting choices you made during the last election? I would cite the polls taken to measure this, but there are none. I wonder why this is?
Well, let's see. Here on the little stage in Franklin County North Carolina, your property taxes have gone up, some of your historical records were destroyed and the only hospital was closed. You have also lost two critically important rescue squads.
On the economic development front, you tell me, is the strategic plan working? What is that you say, 'what plan?' Yes, I know, I have been asking about it for years. I have been told and read where North Carolina is booming. Manufacturing is returning to the United States. Why not right here? No one plans to fail, they fail to plan. A living, vibrant, and meaningful plan for economic development is critical to bringing industry and living wage jobs to Franklin County.
I will, from time to time, continue to beat this drum. It would be a nice touch if our elected officials, and or those who want to be, would pick up on this beat. This said, credit and support should be given to those who are.
For those who do not know it, your Republican North Carolina Sen. Chad Barefoot is in the fight to bring us the U.S. 401 expansion. This is a big deal. It means jobs. He is trying to do the heavy lifting to make it happen, and is also all over many other issues that directly improve and protect the quality of life here. Things like education, a lower tax rate, protecting our family values, and reducing burdensome regulations. He is also trying to fix the problem we now have with the hospital being closed. Everyone has their opinion, mine is that he is a young man doing a fine job for Franklin County.
If you ask most people who their county commissioner is, they will not know. If you ask them what their commissioner actually does, they will not know that either. Well, he/they may be the ones who made the decisions to destroy your historical records, raise your property taxes, increase the size of the county budget, and due to poor decision making, cause the hospital to close.
They are also the ones who visited the pitiful property re-valuation on you. To this very day I cannot find any two officials that agree on what happened with it, or who will take ownership for it. Guess what? Property re-valuation is coming up again. If you do not change some of those sitting in Louisburg, stand by to get blasted again. Many are the same people who refuse to answer citizens' questions at public meetings.
Do you remember a while back when a public meeting was held and the public was locked out of the meeting? Some of these people made a joke out of it. In the end, few if any citizens found it to be funny when they had to pay the bill for it.
Since the last election, contracts -- including high-dollar ones -- have been issued without competitive bids. So who decided to do this? It may have been your county commissioner. But if you ask them, many will say you did it. After all, you elected them to act for you.
Ideally, given all of this, you will vote to change the course of things by changing those who represent you. Unfortunately, many will go unchallenged and remain in office for the next four years. But not all of them will just get a pass to stay in office. There will be some new and maybe unfamiliar names on the ballot for county commissioner.
You will have the opportunity to reset the political stage to some degree here in Franklin County during this election. The question is: 'Will you seize on the opportunity?'