Taking the high road

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

Of course, as it was pointed out this week, putting pledges in writing is the way to go because the lack of written documentation of promises made two, four or five years ago seem easily forgotten, disproving the long held maxim that a man’s word is his bond.

But if the BOCC is serious about injecting stability into the EDC, it must prove it in the coming years. Only then can it expect public and private partners to take notice and be willing, at some level, to wipe the slate clean.

It was said recently that economic development and education go hand in hand.

There is a fair argument to be made that the upheaval of economic development, the divisions that have long plagued the city and the county have an impact on a public school system that is again asking voters for help.

BOCC members like to brag about shaving $4-$5 million from their budget in recent years, but in the past four years the school district’s budget has plunged by a similar amount, if not more.

Supporting two community schools – and there seems little stomach for consolidation – brings a certain bill that declining enrollment, a direct result of the lack of jobs in the community, can not sustain.

And the school district can’t raise gas taxes, offer bonds for road money or any other mechanism other than requesting the assistance of voters. Think how the BOCC would handle that issue each year.



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