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Letter to the Editor - Sept. 28

No excuse for commissioners' property deal

September 28, 2012

No excuse for commissioners' property deal

To the editor:

The entire script of attorney Jason Divelbiss’ letter of Sept. 23, attempting to justify and persuade the taxpayers of Washington County that we have gotten a good deal, falls short for me and those I have spoken to.

The content of the letter is very speculative, at best, and is a good example of the “Voodoo Economics” that has this country and this area in the mess we are in, now. Mr. Divelbiss, Mr. Lyles and Mr. Moul, I congratulate you. What a deal you have turned — a handsome $1 million profit in such short order (almost a 400 percent markup), especially in today’s volatile market.

In my opinion, you should have been offered no more than $650,000, and then been told to take it or leave it. If told to leave it, then the county commissioners should have gone to Plan B, or property No. 2, or kept searching.

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I believe that their actions show considerable disrespect for the hard-earned tax dollars that have been paid by me, but more importantly fall far short of an ethical decision. Thank you, Commissioners Baker and Cline for standing your ground. The other three commissioners should read the childhood fable, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” because I believe they have been sold a suit of fine promises.

It doesn’t matter that several hundred housing units were planned, the land bought was to house one public schoolhouse and should have been paid for as such. The whole thing stinks and someone should be held liable and responsible. This is only a $1 million mistake. Don’t get caught in the similar “stadium craze” and get tax dollars involved in a several-million-dollar mistake. Please, try to be a little more frugal with my tax dollars in the future.
 
Paul Highbarger
Halfway

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