Sunday, October 30, 2011

Election Issue #5: "Deficit Spending"

Typically, deficit spending occurs when you need to borrow money to cover your expenses. In Dryden, this has not occurred, at least not in the years since Mary Ann Sumner took over as Supervisor. Instead, to deal with the excessive fund balance described below, the town decided in a series of public meetings to use some of the excess to keep the tax rate stable in difficult times (thus "giving it back to the taxpayers" in the only allowable way) and to deposit some of the remainder in the aforementioned accounts for specific longterm projects.

The town also used some money to cover, temporarily, a payment that was due to a local farmer from the state. Again, this was done publicly.

The GOP spin on this is that the town absconded with the funds in some mysterious way. This despite the fact that one of the GOP candidates (Ms. Shigley) was involved in some of the initial discussion when she last ran for town board, and that the Republicans in town were among those squawking loudest for the excess fund balance to be returned to the taxpayers. How soon, and how conveniently, we forget.

A friend sent us a clipping from Republican strategist Ed Rogers on the psychology of Republican activists: "We don't have much tolerance for too many facts or too much information. In politics, a bumper sticker always beats an essay." Ain't it the truth.

1 comment:

  1. Bumper sticker slogans may be easier. But they don't win elections. Honesty wins.