Gustav relief decision ‘soon’

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:18 AM.

Bo Williams also noted that Bill Williams owed the Internal Revenue Service nearly $2 million, had unpaid county property taxes and despite having traveled extensively on taxpayer dime for RESTORE Act meetings and congressional testimony, the county had realized little.

“See any bacon on the plate?” Bo Williams asked commissioners. “I don’t think you need a paid representative in Tallahassee to advocate for the county on this.”

Newly-elected Joanna Bryan, who at the start of the meeting was sworn in as the first elected female commissioner, also said calls and communications from her constituents, once served by Bill Williams, indicated disinclination toward hiring Williams.

“I think it would be a mistake for obvious reasons,” Bryan said. “It is best we break ties with Mr. Williams and move forward.”

And despite protests from Commissioner Tan Smiley that Bill Williams’ personal financial issues were not county business, Bryan said his handling of his own money is germane to serving the public.

“The way a person does handle his personal finances does reflect on how he might handle county business,” Bryan said.

Resident Pat Hardman said he had hoped the “personal vendetta” she described against Bill Williams would end and that Bill Williams has a lot of expertise in the RESTORE Act.

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