Friday, September 16, 2016

Seriously Commissioner's Court? Seriously?

Lots to talk about with yesterday's Commissioner's Court meeting. I was all set to go on a rant about why in the blue hell is the Public Works head honcho presenting a bond plan to the court that has (shocker) even more funds dedicated to Ascarate Park in the form of storm water improvements for a park that has a FREAKING BODY OF WATER ON IT, while not including any such improvements for the plazita in San Elizario.

But then I see this bullshit of cutting COLA from County retirees.

Obviously the math is no where near the same, but the optics of VOTING FOR THEIR OWN FREAKIN' RAISE and cutting COLA from retirees IN THE SAME FREAKIN' BUDGET just looks absolutely terrible.

Yes, they have to do something to fix the cost to the taxpayers for the pensions. No disagreement there. But you can't give yourself a raise and take away from someone else in the same budget.

This is a self-inflicted wound and everyone that voted for it deserves every bit of criticism they get for it. Its probably the most tone-deaf decision I can think of in recent history in terms of local government.

Circling back to stormwater, someone please explain to me the logic of spending money for stormwater improvements to a park that a) has an actual body of water on it and b) has lots of grassy areas that would benefit from a good flood of water every now and then. While you're at it, explain to me why money isn't spent to abate flooding at the plazita in San Elizario that is a) much smaller than Ascarate and therefore MUCH cheaper to do, and b) has actual historic assets that NEED to be protected from flooding.

Come on commissioners, you can do better than that.


Anonymous said...

Yup commissioners and judge really screwed this one up, they forgot about employees past and present after they got theirs!

The Lion Star said...

It wasn't a unanimous vote.