Letter: Questions remain about Grand County government
September 9, 2014
To the Editor:
As a previous writer said, there are a multitude of questions about our county government. Pardon me if I repeat any from that writer.
Why not do a detailed audit of the last few years of the county transactions? What would that cost? What percent of the yearly budget would that require? Why be content with changing the procedures to protect us from fraud in the future? Why not look at the past in some detail?
Do any elected officials have anything to hide? Is it not human nature to suspect politicians? Why not eliminate all suspicion? While the commissioners' work on water issues and balancing the budget has been good, have their efforts been focused on these issues while the roads remain potholed, washboarded, unpaved and unnamed? Have any of the junk yards in the country been cleaned up? Was there some fiddling while the building department burned?
Why has the longest-standing commissioner lawyered-up? How many of us were aware of Mr. Newberry's second job on the River Board? How many of the voters knew that his combined compensation may be about $90K per year? Are benefits paid in addition? Are there any conflicts of interest between the county and the River District? Doesn't it take a conscious decision to run two copies of travel receipts and to write two expense reports for the same trip? Was it ethical? Was it legal? How many expense dollars were duplicated?
What has the county attorney's role been in the building department scandal? Did he recommend the auditor hired by the board? Was that audit put out for bid? What is the county attorney paid? What are his benefits? Does he have a full time county-paid assistants? Is it true that he has is no contract requirement for the time to be spent on county matters?
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