this weeks edition:
The weather has been on everyone’s mind lately… and for good reason. The heat has been troublesome to say the least. As I set here in this air-conditioned office I can’t help but think about those who have to work outside in this heat. Of course there was a time in my life that I did just that and managed just fine. I think the real factor is that one has to adapt to the heat and/or cold over time. When I worked construction work, we went through seasonal changes so as the temperature climbed or dropped we adjust gradually which made it tolerable.
I have not heard any horror stories, but the heat has to be hard on our student athletes as they get ready for their fall seasons. Apparently the coaches are keeping their students hydrated and I am sure they are taking the 90+ temperatures into consideration when they practice.
I am hopefull that the Board of Education has gotten the message regarding the open meeting issues I discussed with them at a recent meeting. As I mentioned last week the agenda of the meeting, that is reported in this issue, was dispensed within the proper format and no late additions were made.
I had a discussion with Board President Jill Cooper this week and she assured me that the board did hear and understand my concerns and that changes would be made. I got the distinct impression that she and her fellow board members are truly concerned about the board’s public image and want to work to improve it. I have had that discussion with other members of that body and they too have said they know who they work for and will work to earn their trust.
Obviously, this situation didn’t occur overnight and it will take the time to repair it. I have already seen significant improvements… I am cautiously optimistic.
In a recent column I discussed how much the change in classification for the county would cost in increased pay and benefits to elected officials. I also mentioned that I seriously doubt that a good portion of the increased appraised value will produce any tax advantage. That situation will of course make what county officials says is a tight budget even worse.
I noticed on a recent bill that the dues to the West Virginia Association of Counties and the County Commissioners Association seemed to be more than last year. I soon realized that that was a result of moving up in county classification as bigger counties pay more in dues which is gauged by the county’s class.
It goes without saying that I don’t feel these dues should be paid for with tax dollars. For the record, this year the County Commissioner’s Association dues raised from $1,650 last year to $2,400 in 2016-17. The WV Association of Counties went from $2,750 to $4,000. Remember those numbers when the County Commission turns down a request saying they don’t have the funds.
Will return soon...