By now everyone is aware that the Lehigh County Taxes are going up 16%. I really hate being right on this issue, as I predicted the outcome on Oct 18th.
The dynamics changed but the results were the same.
One of my big concerns was the 1.7 million from the Gambling fund. If this money is left in this fund it would be spent on "NEW PROGRAMS". We may see 1 million put into the "LOCK BOX" called the tax stabilization fund. This would be a plus toward limiting the growth of County Government. This is one subject I have been pressing hard on, in my role as "Watch dog".
I think this will happen.
Although I supported the returning of the budget to the County Executive, for further review, I never believed it would happen. I had thought the County Executive would be, cool, calm and collected. Instead, we saw an angry, disrespectful child have a temper tantrum.
His performance, left a lot to be desired, as a "ELECTED OFFICIAL"
Commissioner Dean Browning is a intelligent financial person. He really believes what he has done is in the best interest of the people of the County. I may not agree with him but, he is an elected Commissioner and voted as he thought he should.
If the budget had been sent back, as most of us had liked, I don't know what the outcome might have been. From the attitude of the County Executive this could have been a real firestorm.
On a lighter note, Commissioner Hansell and I agreed on two issues. This has me worried, as we never agree on anything.
Commissioner Hamm was a little upset with me, about the 500 emails she had received. THANK YOU, FOR YOUR SUPPORT. At times, during the past year of attending these meetings, I had felt as though I was alone. I'm not !
spending not revenue is the problem