Friday, July 29, 2016

Must be Election Season: Carroll County Delegation Vote 14-0 for Listening Session and Feasibility Study for County Farm

The following motion was approved by the Carroll County Delegation on July 25th in regard to the future of the county farm:
"Delegation supports moving forward with countywide listening sessions followed by a feasibility study to determine potential uses of the current farming and forests lands, Funding for this process will be obtained through grants and donations."
The motion was made by Mark McConkey and seconded by Glenn Cordelli,both Republicans and perhaps the two most vocal opponents of the current county farm operation. Both voted to slash farm funding this current budget year which effectively will cause the farm to soon cease operations after nearly 150 years.Great progress has been made by the commissioner's working with the Kendall Foundation and I am glad to see that the delegation is on board. I still question why feasibility studies and listening sessions did not occur prior to defunding the farm. $90K is a lot of money, but is just a drop in the bucket compared to a $30M plus county budget.
This is a perfect example of what I have been saying and what I will continue to say, which is that collaboration and working together produce results. We don't need two more years of crash and burn tactics by the Republican led delegation.
There is a lot of work to do at the county to be sure, not the least of which is a focused audit to determine how we ended up with large gaps in the budget and a clear understanding of where the money went. It should not be about blame, but rather doing whatever it takes for the good of all Carroll county taxpayers.
This is an election year though, and it will look good on the resumes of those who pushed to defund the farm without having real facts in hand, to now say that they support a study to get the facts. Akin to closing the barn door after the cows already left. It is alas, an election year.





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