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County’s decision-making process is broken

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I listened to a local radio newscast and read in the Watertown Daily Times’ lead story regarding the proposed and approved decisions of the Lewis County Board of Legislators’ special emergency meeting on Monday night.

I’m quite sure that everything was legally correct, but was this action done in an open manner in the public’s interest and without input from the taxpayers? This is not a model of representation government.

The process of facility planning needs should be comprehensive and open. The last couple of years (and especially the last month or so) have been a fiasco.

We as taxpayers must demand more open and knowledgeable discussion regarding major county decisions. Some of the past procedures lead us to question actions and upcoming major budget decisions that will demand our county’s elected officials to perform in an ethical, rational, informed and professional manner.

I talked to my legislative representative, Jerry King, to obtain factual information on the public portion of this meeting. I’ve also talked to a candidate running in the neighboring district, Duane DeLair, who has done a lot of research regarding the process of facility planning and funding.

Our current county decision-making procedure is broken. We have limited checks and balances, written policies and administrative procedures. This is a multi-million dollar business; let’s run it like one.

Ron Service


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