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Living Within Our Means
A Column by the Edior
web posted April 8, 2011
COLUMN – Edgefield County Administrator Alton Brown
has been fired as of Tuesday night and the county is going to start
looking for a replacement to fill the position. There is no use in
rehashing the antics of Brown's short tenure as Administrator, his
short history is well known. The focus of the County Council needs to
be on the future, not the past.
Hopefully the new majority will hold up their campaign promises for a
transparent administration and place someone who will make the county's
business available to the public, and to the elected and appointed
officials in office. In that regard, former Administrator Brown was an
It is time this county brings in someone who will "thin the herd" of
redundant and cronyism that has left us with employees who we no longer
Money is tight and we don't have the funds to keep people whose jobs
are reproduced by others in the county government.
It is like paying someone to label the envelope, another person to
write the letter, and a third to lick the stamp.
With tight budget revenues this year, the county needs to look at
streamlining county government, reducing waste, and eliminate the
Why are we paying over $50,000 to Lakeshia Bryant to be the Tax
Assessor and at the same time paying Building and Planning Director
Mike Reed to work part-time in the Assessor's Office? If Ms. Bryant is
not able to handle her job, get some one who can and reduce Reed's pay.
Why do we have one person issuing purchase orders, another receiving
the bills, and a third to pay the bill? Shouldn't this all be the same
person? It's not like we are some huge metropolis where tens of
millions of dollars are handled on a daily basis.
After all, we are (or were) paying our county administrator almost as
much as the Mayor of the second largest city in Georgia (Augusta) to do
Excuse me if I see a problem with that.
It is time our county government rein back on the salaries of those who
hold some sort of sacred positions in our county government. It might
also want to rein in unelected officials from being so demanding of
where funds are directed, as if they are better informed on county
finances than those who are skilled in doing so.
Those who suckle on the teat of government should be the last ones
listened to rather than the taxpayer.
As President Ronal Reagan said, "government is not the solution, it is
the problem." It is time Edgefield County learns that lesson.
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