Union County commissioners do not represent my view or opinion on the May 8 referendum that seeks to legally define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. I was disappointed to see they passed a resolution to support the referendum at their March 19 meeting. I believe marriage should be a union between two people who love, respect, support each other and legally vow to share their lives together. I believe their gender is insignificant to their commitment.
Business as usual?
Open government is essential to a free society. Unfortunately, Indian Trail Town Council decided to redact financial information from a public information request concerning a former town manager’s salary and benefits, and redefine it as personnel information. We have now set a dangerous precedent other municipalities may point to and justify doing the same. That information is public and belongs to the people. Release it!
Council recently voted to spend $136,000 on the Sun Valley intersection for “safety improvements” developers should pay for. Before folks start saying I don’t care about the safety of the children, let me remind you that the $200,000 we have already paid was sold on that same argument – safety of the children. If safety was as much a concern as it should be, crosswalks would have been addressed a long time ago. In fairness to the developer, there should have been more done to address the Sun Valley area back when four schools, a large neighborhood, prior intersection improvements and other retail establishments were built there. This is an ongoing problem, the issue of infrastructure improvements being an afterthought. Now, like the county, taxpayers may have to bear the burden of a tax increase or debt to cover improvements. This is the result of crony-capitalism.
The council also voted to add five empty positions to the Community and Economic Development Department. If we allowed the market to dictate the economic direction of the town, we wouldn’t need these positions to micro-manage it. The council also kicked off what will become the next parks initiative. If parks are your thing, fine. But realize when millions of dollars are spent by the town they will come from somewhere. That somewhere is in the form of a tax increase.
The infrastructure improvements were presented during our last meeting. This meeting they were voted on. A few meetings ago, adding two officers was an issue of checking to see how much money we have, but tonight we spent almost enough to cover two deputies for a year. Two months ago we voted to re-establish the public safety committee, but have yet to fill all of the positions. In short, the council’s priorities are screwed up.
Speak up folks! This is your town, your government and your hard-earned money we are talking about!
Indian Trail Town Council