That’s right it's county budget time again. The battle of the bureaucrats: the Sheriff and Dave Kears have started staking out positions, the lobbying and bullying has begun. Local politicians have already started poor mouthing and blaming the medical center, the governor, the religious right, the mediocre middle and the apathetic left for the current state of financial affairs.
The sups plan to cut cut cut healthcare, but ask them about the prison budget, they’ll tell you, “You know the Sheriff is very popular.” Poppycock they’re scared of the dude.
This is not just another year, this year the public plans to weigh in on the budget. That’s right we’re fed up with county budgets that don’t reflect our values and priorities. This budget will not be balanced on the backs of the elderly and sick. This time we all get a say, stay tuned, it's pressure and accountability time, this is gonna be fun!
Postscript: In spite of ongoing problems and leadership deficits the medical center has a nearly balanced budget.