According to this article many residents were surprised at the furlough days implemented because of the recent budget cuts down at the county. Hey, they have to pay for Commissioner White's $500,000 sex trial and Pat Bean's let's give ourselves a raise award somehow, right? The additional upcoming furlough days are Jan 15th, April 2nd, June 18th, and Sept 9th (Sadly, none of those appear to be BOCC meeting days).
Taking a handful of furlough days citing budget cuts doesn't sound like a big deal but it might be hard for Commissioners to explain in light of the costs associated with Kevin White's sex trial and County Administrator raises for my friends attempt and one for herself too!
More disturbing to me was learning via the Planning Commission's website (who are, in my opinion, the only objective Planning agency in town) that they are now closed every Friday due to the absolute slashing that the BOCC did to their already lean budget. So while the BOCC is supposedly getting behind this rail referendum, that one would think should include land use planning, our Planning Commission is crippled having to close it's doors to the public one day a week. Way to go Hillsborough. Don't worry, I am sure the Sports Authority is doing just fine with this year's budget.
Commissioners should be ashamed at this development and citizens should be outraged at the way they spent tax dollars this year. And the County wants us to approve taxing ourselves for rail? Better start cleaning up their own back yard because I think there might be some government trust needed associated with approving new taxes and let's face it that is not this county's strong point.