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May 2, 2014

LETTERS: Candidate favors spending down surplus; Tipton meeting room unnecessary

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News media accounts after a recent meeting described the commissioners’ plan to spend many thousands of dollars to fix up a meeting room on the basement floor of the courthouse to accommodate more people and have a fancy sound system. What for? The people who take time out of their day to attend with questions and concerns get either no response or arrogant responses. Why should the taxpayers have to foot the bill for fixing up a different meeting room when concerns are not acknowledged in the room we have now?

Records show that in 2009, the commissioner meeting room and the council chambers were completely refurbished at a very reasonable cost to the taxpayers. They look quite attractive and are a tribute to the historic nature of the original courthouse.

Other than meetings where “wind” is being discussed, there are empty seats in both rooms. At the last commissioner and council meetings, not all chairs were filled. Maybe after people go to a few commissioner meetings they get discouraged and decide it isn’t worth their time to attend again.

The commissioners earmarked $70,000 to create a fancy meeting room on the bottom floor. The decision to abandon the beautiful meeting rooms we have now in favor of spending $70,000 to fix up one that might add 25 more seats was made with reckless disregard and zero input from the public. We have other options right here in the community (like the Tipton County Foundation) to have meetings for crowds up to 85 people.

Why do these “leaders” want to spend a lot of our money on another room when they gave a facelift to the ones that were designed to be the commissioner and council meeting rooms and are adequate for most meetings?

The decision is typical of their leadership. Last spring they ripped out healthy landscaping plants that just needed trimmed and were planted only four years before. They cut down healthy trees on the front lawn and then left the stumps for weeks on end and a local businesswoman tripped over one and broke her foot. The county was responsible for her medical bills.

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