Some very good commentary on a recent post about the proposed increases in the Carroll County budget and the Delegation directive to trim it by $2 million. I had hoped that the new County Administrator and Finance Director would have a solid plan to move the county forward with clear and concise input from the Commissioners. I am not seeing that at all. Hasn't anyone in Ossipee learned from the experiences of the past few years?
It brings to mind a point I made at a recent BoS meeting when asked what we can do about the county budget and I responded that the most important thing we can do is not simply vote along party lines. Vote for the most qualified candidates. I really think that the county seat should be non-partisan along the lines of local government. Keep politics out of it.
Mellisa Seamans who writes for the Carroll County Independent and has covered the county for many years, ran for the Republican nomination last election cycle and did not win the primary. We ended up with a candidate who may have been very qualified, but who eventually quit when the heat was turned up during the budget fiasco in 2015. Mellisa would have brought some common sense to the table and her years of listening and writing about county affairs would have been very valuable. Our current County Treasurer and former commissioners Chip Albee, ran for Commissioner as a Democrat along with former Commissioner Dorothy Solomon and both were defeated. Let us not forget the Aisha Kenney debacle that began with her election in 2010 with a party line vote.
I don't know what the next election cycle will bring or which seats are up, but I hope some of the above named candidates throw their hats in the ring so that we can get the affairs of the county in order. As Fred Van Magness wrote, we need leadership in Ossipee.