County leaders hear opposition to Horizon project

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County leaders hear opposition to Horizon project
County leaders hear opposition to Horizon project
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 Posted 9/9/2012 9:27:19 AM
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It is unfortunate that the reporter neglected to tell the entire truth about what was said at that meeting yesterday.  You might think that Peter Recchio was the only one who spoke from the other point of view!  In fact there were 4 folks who spoke to it, myself included! 

Here's what the point is, people:  The County Council had to move $750K from the Environmental Special Projects fund in MAY OF THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE COUNTY SHORTFALL!!!  That leaves Approximately $184-186K in the account.  Yoder wants to take 1/3 of that fund to pay for benefits packages to 2 not-yet-county-employees.  That means GOVERNMENT BENEFITS PACKAGES.  And if you are not aware, once a government employee package begins, it just never leaves, does it. 

The county council, during their meeting yesterday, was struggling to be sure that all monies being requested of them - and there were many!! - would be spent wisely and not over-board.  They also during that meeting discussed the many county roads that right now are in a sad state of disrepair......what the coming winter months of snow and ice and salt were going to do to those roads........THAT JUST SOUNDS LIKE ENVIRONMENTAL TO ME........doesn't it you?  What in the world is Yoder and the other commissioners about, pulling that money.....which has been greatly reduced already to fill in the gap (per the truth article in May) in order to balance their budget expenses??????

Horizon Education Alliance, if you go back to the Lerner Theater presentation, was declared that it would not use public funds............all would be donated and privately funded.  Yet we see in the plan that school kids will be assessed $1.50 per student per school corporation......and then we have the removal of 1/3 of the balance left in this "slush" fund, the Environmental Special Project fund.....to pay for "employee" benefits of 2 people who are not yet employees.......

The truth is .......there have been a lot of obfuscations surrounding this project.  One wonders what else is coming, doesn't one. 
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 Posted 9/9/2012 11:54:11 AM
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Unfortunately with farmermike, we all KNOW what is coming.  We have to fight it where-ever we can.
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County commissioner Mike Yoder, who serves as Horizon’s local government liaison, said funding for the benefits of the two Horizon employees would come from the county’s environmental special projects account, not taxes. The account, he said, includes money generated from the county’s landfill.


Did you see the words "not taxes".   It's the political version of the ole shell game..  It's not taxes as it's from landfill.  Now what could they use that money for if they didn't spend it on this?  Any number of county projects that may need funding.  Now those other projects still need funding so they come to the public and say "we have to raise your taxes for these other projects". The taxpayer still still gets it in the end.

 No other projects are slated to use the funds, Yoder added. Salaries, he said, would be furnished by grants and business partnerships through Horizon. 

No other projects are slated to use these funds so I guess we will have to burn the money or maybe just fund a project that probably isn't going to produce much of anything anyway.  Heaven forbid that we spend it on roads or other necessities.  Let's spend it on instituting more socialist bureaucracy into our school system.
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 Posted 9/10/2012 4:26:12 AM
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So....does that mean it doesn't cost the taxpayers anything?  Except maybe some roads that can't be repaired, or a higher stormwater fee somewhere down the road?  Isn't this just the old shell game here?  If money is taken from any county funds it is county money.  Money budgeted for Environmental Special Projects was supposedly needed for those projects, wasn't it?  If not, the county budget should have been reduced by the total amount of that fund, which should mean lower taxes required from county residents.
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