By Mike Thayer
Johnson County spending has now breached the $100 million mark. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, total expenditures were $100,254,588.00 according to final report details from the Johnson County Auditor's Office. That's a new record and not one a taxpayer can appreciate.
Did you read a reported story about that in the Iowa City DePressed Citizen?
And guess where I got this information? Page 6B of the sports page in the November 24th edition of the DePressed Citizen.... The obligatory public record posting issued by the Auditor's Office. The auditor's report was nestled in there with all the other obligatory "Official Publication" public notices, page 6B of the sports section. So the newspaper printed what the Auditor's HAD to give them by law...... Telling is the fact that the newspaper chose NOT to run a story on the Auditor's report, such as charting annual expenditures like I did above, let alone to note the increase in spending over 2010. The newspaper did nothing of the sort, nothing!
I predicted this high mark spending back in September 2010 in an article questioning why we would allow big spending supervisors Janelle Rettig and Sally Stutsman to keep their supervisor seats. Both were up for reelection last year.
Once again - the Coralville Courier - doing the job the local media refuses or is too ignorant to do.
Hypocrisy: Supervisor Rod Sullivan has the gall to complain about Joint Emergency Communication Center spending? Look at how county spending has skyrocketed while he has occupied a Supervisor seat. The ONLY reason Sullivan complains about JECC spending is because that's his angle in trying to get county control of the facility.
False Fiscal Conservative claim: Supervisor Janelle Rettig campaigned on being a fiscal conservative. That hardly seems to be the case now does it? Not only is her record as a county supervisor one of increased spending, so is her record as a member of the Department of Natural Resources Commission. She backed the taxpayer money pit that is the Honey Creek Resort, costing taxpayers millions of dollars supporting a facility that loses money annually.
Evidence that we can't take what anything supervisors say at face value: Sullivan and Rettig both recently voted to pay for a lobbyist. Sullivan and Rettig voted to spend taxpayer money on a person, who would go to Des Moines, to lobby for more taxpayer money. Spending your money, so Supervisors can spend more of your money. Isn't that great?
Tying Stories Together: This is something the local papers don't do folks. They don't call Sullivan out on the carpet for being a complete hypocrite when it comes to spending. They don't call Rettig out on the carpet when she claims to be a fiscal conservative while her record clearly betrays her rhetoric. More ties to offer perspective..... Iowa City is in debt to the tune of $155 million, Coralville has a debt load of $222 million, the highest in the county and now the county has exceeded $100 million in annual spending. Can you say, "Property taxes are going up again next year?" Yes, yes you can.