Yesterday's actions by the County Board of Commissioners were startling. In fact, in this economy, they were poor, at best, when it comes to treating county employees like unwanted/unappreciated workers. We come to that conclusion by how the BOCC didn't even discuss the furloughs, of 80 hours next year, mentioned by the County Manager, Don Fisher, during a brief budget presentation. Clearly saying how short the county was in tax collections, cuts need to be made. With no comments and their heads down, the commission continued their meeting until each commissioner had their chance to make their own reports.
We have no idea if Commissioner Ken Smith fell asleep during most of the meeting, or if he just forgot the budget shortfalls, but he began (again) screaming the sky is falling and juvenile crime is the blame of it all. Even though the juvenile crime rate has fallen (according to the Dept. of Juvenile Justice), Smith is now concerned about middle school after school programs which he now wants the county to pay for. Clearly, the man is out of touch of reality.
We'll get right in to it as there's just a little to cover for today, and last Thursday evening.
This afternoon, the Osceola County Board of Commissioners will meet at 1:30P.M. and the budget is on the agenda for presentation and discussion, NO VOTE. This is just supposed to be a discussion around the budget which will most likely include the furlough of ALL county employees for two weeks during the upcoming budget. We believe it when we're told that many employees agree to losing two weeks, rather than the entire job, but we'd also like to know what the county plans to do to repay those who sacrifice now, later? We don't know, at this point, what could be suggested but we're sure those posting in this blog will have ideas!
It's been a week, but we were protected very well as there was no BOCC meeting this week where decisions might have been made.Okay, that was a shot and it wasn't fair since a majority of the Commission have actually done well, considering the Veteran's Museum and fire fee assessment (so far)
Wish we could say the same for other areas in Osceola County but you be the judge.
Okay, so we're a little late in coming out for the "late" week blog, but we have reasons, excuses, whichever you'd like to call them. There will be some changes coming up here, quite possibly within the next couple weeks. They should be good changes, but all we'll say now is that we'll let you know, positively, when something happens. Meanwhile, on with the show.