Common sense should prevail over turf and a desire for personal credit. Unfortunately, some of our county leaders seem to have forgotten their basic responsibilities and the needs of the community. Our county finances are very limited.
Until the county is able to provide minimum health coverage for its employees, repair and maintain the county courthouse, and provide medical transportation for our needy citizens, we should not be expending our limited resources on additional facilities without a comprehensive county plan.
A comprehensive county plan would evaluate the need for another storm shelter. If another storm shelter is needed, let’s consider it as a pat of a list of county priorities and let’s build it on higher ground on the present county property by the community center at much lower cost.
Storm shelter projects are eligible for federal and state assistance. We should fully explore the availability of grant assistance before committing our precious local tax dollars.
With factual information and a community-based list of priorities, our leaders can make better decisions on the use of our resources.