Letter: Budget vote: shooting in the dark
"We have to pass the bill before we can read what is in it." Those words from a Congresswoman reverberated across America. Similar words were spoken softly at Mathews Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday evening March 30, 2011.
Earlier this year, the same board voted to adopt a countywide Comprehensive Plan through 2030. As yet, the residents of Mathews County have access to only one early ‘draft’ of the local Comp Plan for study located in the library. The same ‘plan’ was available online for residents to read. Several residents went online and did read the plan. Two of our local board members do not have e-mail addresses. Did they read the plan before they voted in favor of it? Or, did they just take someone else’s word for what was in the plan?
Alas, this letter is about another vote taken by our local Mathews Board of Supervisors that is akin to ‘shooting in the dark.’
Because our local school administrator is not required by the Mathews Board of Supervisors to submit a line-item budget, the BOS effectively blinds themselves as well as all Mathews residents. Even the public school employees do not have access to complete disclosure of a budget that has a profound influence upon their lives.
One of the Mathews supervisors wondered aloud as to why was the technology budget amount in this year’s school budget the same as last year’s? Yet, this supervisor voted in favor of the current budget proposal that was adopted. That supervisor was indeed willing to vote in favor of something unseen, not clearly understood. That action was akin to the unsafe practice of ‘shooting in the dark.’ This type of blind voting by representatives of the public is well past needing to stop at all levels of government.
We the people must demand no longer tolerate ‘blind voting’ from our elected representatives. We the citizens deserve better.
Cobbs Creek, Va.