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Monday, August 6, 2018
LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY
As part of this year’s
budget, the Town Manager, Diane Barnes, recommended to the Town Council that
certain items be purchased using Undesignated Funds.The Undesignated Fund is our tax dollars left
over from previous years.
The Town Manager uses this
fund to purchase items not listed in the budget.This fund is resupplied every year by the town raising our
taxes.It is basically a slush fund for
the Town Manager to draw from every year.
In this years’ approved budget the Town Manager
recommended and the Town Council approved the purchase of $7,800.00 for the
Police Department upgrade their firearms.I am not opposed to the Police
Department upgrading their firearms but the Police Department has funds
available in their Forfeiture Fund.
The Forfeiture Fund is NOT tax dollars but
dollars returned to the town from the state.These
funds, as far as I am concerned, should be used first when upgrading the Police
Department needs.Now, I understand there are some restrictions
on the use of these funds but upgrading firearms is NOT one of them. So tell me again why we are using tax dollars when these
funds are available to cover this expense.
This is another prime example of the Town Council NOT
holding the Town Manager accountable for all her recommendations.It would appear that the Town Council approves
anything the Town Manager, Diane Barnes, puts before them.
There has to be more accountability of our tax dollars if
the town is going to raise our taxes every year.