Time to tighten belts

By Staff | Dec 05, 2009

The economy continues to show few signs of a rebound although the bottom may have been reached.

There have been examples recently, however, of government agencies not realizing the severity of these times.

Included in the Knox County budget was $45,000 for a study on the organization of county government. This means the county will find some consultant who will convince officials that he or she can come up with recommendations better than the paid administrative staff and the paid county commissioners.

This is nonsense. Studies such as this are a waste of taxpayer money. The current staff and board should be able to examine the structure of Knox County government and make or recommend whatever changes are needed.

The county budget was approved Thursday night with the money included for the study.

Also on Thursday night, the Regional School Unit 13 board was in a spending mood, even though the multimillion dollar financial cliff is a mere six-and-a-half months away.

The board voted to lease space in Thomaston for a central bus parking and garage complex. The board also agreed to give pay raises to two employees who have assumed more duties upon the retirement of veteran Business Manager John Spear.

The economy is in as bad a shape as it has been in the lifetime of many people. When private businesses are in tough times and an employee leaves, workers are simply given more duties. There are few private businesses that face deficits of $2.5 million and then give out raises, even if someone takes on more work.

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