EDA headed back under county umbrella

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

Commissioner Tan Smiley voiced frustration at the BOCC starting again in economic development, the third time in his three years on the board – and at least sixth time in 12 years – the BOCC has changed direction, he said.

He noted that the discussions about economic development transpire among those who have jobs and benefits. The people who work to pay the taxes to support government, he added, can’t support the same level of taxes anymore and jobs are scarce.

Starting over again and again, he said, was like beginning construction of a home and then tearing it down and starting again.

“I don’t know what the issue is but our biggest problem is people who can’t get along with each other,” Smiley said. “Something is wrong and the majority of the problem is people who can’t get along and before they will get along they’d rather leave it a mess.

“We (aren’t any) further along than we were three years ago. We need to take personal feelings and put them aside. We need to quit worrying about ‘I’. We need to get some jobs in here.”


Commissioners voted to suspend a pilot project that introduced a recycling center at Salinas Park due to high costs and the increasing incidents of folks dropping off other garbage at the site.

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