After six months of Public Safety Committee meetings and another month of Commissioner contemplation, the answer the Wizards of Smart gave us to a Public Safety funding shortfall was to raise your taxes. You see the money had to come from somewhere and of course the government couldn't look to itself to reorganize or drop funding to any other program. Nope, you were the solution to their problem Mr. & Mrs. taxpayer, so it was time to cough up some more dough.
But wait. According to Wednesday's Herald and News the Governor is to soon pass a bill stating that Klamath County (and six others) can use their Road funds to fund patrols. This means the money allocated for patrols can pay for Jail Pod B and therefore the county doesn't need your money (for now).
Huh? You mean the county had the money all along, it was just locked up in a special road fund that even the commissioners couldn't use?
Yes. And herein lies the BIG problem. Government is so bureaucratic that even though there is $100 million sitting in the county's bank account, it took special state legislation and the governor to approve use of that "special" money for public safety. So why didn't the commissioners and the public safety committee try this first? Why was raising taxes the only option available? Well it wasn't, it was just the easiest.
This was like losing your job but having $20,000 in your savings account but unless you get special permission from state government you can't use that money to pay your mortgage. But this is the essence of leftist governmental policies, where money get's designated for only union jobs (roads, education, etc...) and not for general use as the commissioners (who are the public's representatives) see fit.
So the next time you hear that our county government doesn't have enough money, let's remember it is government getting in the way of itself from utilizing nearly $100 million that is doing nothing but collecting dust designated as Road funds. We might as well put that money to use and repave every street in the county with dollar bills. That seems to make about as much sense as what it is doing for us now.