Watch Dog or Lap Dog? You Decide.

Where does Columbia County News Times Publisher Barry Paschal get his information? Straight from our elected officials!

In his intentionally misleading editorial yesterday, Paschal pointed out exactly what the elected officials wanted him to print. They claim the citizens of District 4 get a lion’s share of tax dollars when compared to the rest of the county….for the past four years….when it comes to roads.

Why did Paschal neglect to print the amount of money spent for roads in each district for the past four years?  He took the time to list the tax revenue by district.

Notice that Paschal’s information came directly from the “county administrator’s office” and it was not the result of any investigative reporting.

Yes, we know Barry is talking about road work from sales tax dollars, but we don’t know many people from District 4 that voted in favor of the latest SPLOST projects.  They got outvoted by the residents of District 1.

An interesting fact:  According to the county’s website, a total of 14.46 miles of roads were “resurfaced” during the past four years. This averages 3.6 miles per year and if District 4 received even half the benefit it would amount to only 1.8 miles per year.

Now let’s look at some other county expenditures. How about $1million dollars for cleaning out the pond in District 1’s West Lake? How about $4.5million being spent on the Evans Town Center park in District 1, on top of the $4million already spent to purchase the land? How about the $8.75million to buy and provide infrastructure for the Marshall Square property that is located in District 1?  And don’t forget the latest Lakeside expansion news;  $12million for another park and another stadium in District 1.

Do you think District 4 is first?



4 thoughts on “Watch Dog or Lap Dog? You Decide.

  1. It appears that there is more PORK percaptia in Columbia County than in Washington.

    Posted by lcu1577 | April 1, 2011, 1:56 pm
  2. The out of control spending in Columbia County needs to stop. It won’t stop with the present administration.

    Posted by Rob | April 12, 2011, 11:25 pm
  3. You list a million
    For Westlake’s pond
    Plus twenty-nine more
    the commission did abscond


    Posted by Burma-Shave | April 17, 2011, 9:54 pm
  4. Columbia County might be run by republicans but defintely NOT by conservatives….

    Posted by Deanne Hall | June 2, 2011, 7:36 am

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