Tuesday, May 15, 2018

JAMES CITY COUNTY BOS SPENDING GUIDELINES / RULES


“PEOPLE GOVERNED LEAST ARE GOVERNED BEST. GOVERNMENT EXISTS TO SERVE.  PERIOD.  IT SHOULD ONLY PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES THAT PEOPLE CANNOT OBTAIN FOR THEMSELVES IN THE MARKETPLACE.

PEOPLE KNOW BETTER THAN GOVERNMENT. EVERY TIME GOVERNMENT RAISES TAXES, IT MAKES A BOLD STATEMENT.
IT SAYS TO THE PEOPLE, “WE KNOW HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY BETTER THAN YOU.

 THE OPPOSITE IS THE CASE.  BY MAXIMIZING THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY KEEP FOR THEMSELVES, THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS ON WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR HAPPINESS AND SECURITY.”  by STEPHEN GOLDSMITH.

 
1.     Essential or core services, mandating expenditures of county funds:

a.      Public Safety – police, fire fighting, sheriff

b.     K thru 12 education

c.      Utilities – water, sewer (rates should cover all expenses of provisioning)

d.     Economic Development – It is a stretch to call economic development a core service. Need to very carefully and deliberately monitor the costs versus results.  Explore the shifting this to an independent, business-lead authority.

2.     Non-Core Services or expenditures; not to be funded if taxes must be raised or the budget may be compromised in the out years.

3.     Prohibited expenditures: far removed from any essentiual or core service:

a.      Greenspace purchases

b.     Property development right purchases:  It is recognized that a referendum voted for some or all of these purchases, but I seriously doubt the taxpayers could see this would be running out of money, and their taxes would be raised.

c.      Any type of business, such as a marina or eco-park.

d.     Any type of structure not to be used exclusively for necessary county businesses.

e.      Any service that can be provided by private enterprise, or would compete with private enterprise.

f.       Any transfer of public monies to private entities to support non-core government services, such as YMCAs, United Way, 4-H Centers, etc.

g.     Any transfer of county funds to organizations which have their own funding stream, like local colleges.

 
Additional Notes:

 
1.     Every expenditure, every line item, should be formally reviewed annually, to insure the taxpayer is getting a dollar’s worth of service; if not, the county is not helping the citizens; It’s ripping them off.

2.     Every staff position should be reviewed annually for its continuing need.  It is easy to add, add employees and assume they are necessary for the future.

By Chuck Misak - CARMA President

 

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