Monday, June 11, 2018

Taxpayers need to hold county commissioners accountable


As a taxpayer of Park County I believe it was clearly expressed to the Park County Commissioners no more taxes! Now the commissioners have some work to do to balance the budget and to start living within the county’s means. We all realize that now some cuts will need to happen to get the budget under control. In my opinion those cuts need to come from the high-paying administrative positions that the county commissioners have created. Most recently, a fairgrounds and parks director. This position pays $78,000 including benefits. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where the commissioners need to start cutting. Do we need a fairgrounds director or a sheriff’s deputy?

Please realize that this position of the fairgrounds director was not a budgeted position for the 2017-2018 budget year. So, where is the salary coming from? It is my understanding the funds to pay this position along with the growing list of expenditures that the new director has created is coming out of the BN Fund. In my research of the BN Fund I find that these funds will need to be paid back with interest. With an already tight budget at the Fairgrounds one can only wonder how the BN Fund will get paid back — especially when the new director is looking to recommend putting in new surcharges when you rent the facility. For example: $1 per ticket sold, 10 percent of your concessions sales, $1 for each chair and table you use and the list goes on.

Please tell me who will want to rent the facility if it costs you an arm and leg. So there goes that revenue along with the RV spots that are not rented to the public any longer.

It is time all Park County taxpayers started paying close attention as what your taxpayer dollars are really going for and to make sure the dollars are going for what is needed such as law enforcement, roads and fire — not for crazy new high-paying positions that are not needed.

Perhaps the commissioners created these new positions so they don’t have to be in the office.

Just a thought!

Stacy Sunvison