THE HUNTER REPORT
What a Difference a Day Makes �
... I stated before that...that during our current budget...my request was approximately $200,000, I said I think $250,000 less a couple of nights ago, but it was actually about $210,000 less than uh the year before. And that is uh that I wanted to show the Sheriff�s Office was doing its part in tighten its belt a little bit to uh share with the people of the County uh that we were gonna live within our means. We�re going to continue to live within our means as long as the the the economy is like it is. The State of Tennessee obviously is suffering its worst budget deficit in many, many years and so that you know that trickles down to the local government and we gotta, you know, continue to tighten our belt strap.�
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POLITICAL INTEGRITY - CALCULATED LIES
By: Pat Hunter
Should citizens hold their elected officials to a high level of ethical conduct and professionalism?
Telling political lies reverberate from the highest public office down. Case in point: do you remember President George Herbert Walker Bush's famous pledge to the American electorate, "Read my lips, no new taxes"? Bush Sr. raised taxes and his words were used against him by Bill Clinton who served as president for eight years. Another famous one liner, "I'm not a crook" made by former President Richard Milhouse Nixon when he denied any involvement in the Watergate scandal and then he was forced into leaving office in disgrace.
Bob Hegamin wrote a piece captioned Political Integrity - Calculated Lies, which I would like to share with you. He wrote, "A state law prohibiting malicious lies in political ads was thrown out by the state Supreme Court yesterday on the grounds it chills the free speech guaranteed under the First Amendment�� " The minority opinion chastised the court with "Today, the Washington State Supreme Court becomes the first court in the history of the Republic to declare First Amendment protection for calculated lies,��." ...." The 5-4 decision of the Washington State Supreme Court on this issue boggles the mind, as five Justices used the First Amendment to justify allowing candidates to deceive the voter. Lying by candidates in political campaigns or by officials in government is fraud, regardless of the circumstance. In microcosm, the Washington State Supreme Court -- the executor of the law -- had discarded the notion that America is a land of basically honest people." Click to read the piece http://www.exordia.net/pi/Calculated_lies.htm
POLITICIANS & ACCOUNTABILITY
During the April 7, 2010 Budget Committee meeting, Sheriff Guider became the topic of discussion about his campaign statements and how he saved the County about $250,000. But his budget didn�t go down $250,000 commented former Budget Chairman County Mayor Doyle Arp as he laughed; that�s true, yeah, yeah, ok, agreed Commissioner Don Miller. Budget Committee member Harold Duff spoke about how Sheriff Guider had attended a TEA Party meeting and he talked about saving the county $250,000. He got a lot of mileage out of that. He spoke about cutting his budget by $250,000. Commissioner Duff mentioned that everywhere he went and spoke to voters how the Sheriff would bring up about how he saved Loudon County taxpayers money. Click related article Budget Committee delays action until after May 4th Primary Election
On April 8, 2010 the day after the Loudon County Budget Committee meeting, another event was held at the Christian Life Center in Tellico Village, which was sponsored by the Tellico Village Homeowners Association. This was an opportunity for the public to hear the candidates speak about the issues and concerns and for citizens to ask questions of candidates. Much time was spent with the mayor and judge candidates but the Sheriff candidates were asked a question.
The hostess posed a budget question to both sheriff candidates. She asked, do you understood the question; please describe what improvements you will make in addition to the current situation with the budget?
Sheriff Tim Guider appeared to make the same pitch about saving the taxpayers money before a standing room crowd. Commissioner Harold Duff's candid comments about the Sheriff hit the bulls eye.
First to speak was Challenger Steve Cook, �No, I really don�t understand it because I haven�t looked at the budget; and if I had looked at the budget, I could probably �. At this time I have not." Cook's reply didn't go over well with many but his answer was sincere.
Incumbent Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider was handed the mike and he replied, �I stated before that...that during our current budget...my request was approximately $200,000, I said I think $250,000 less a couple of nights ago, but it was actually about $210,000 less than uh the year before. And that is uh that I wanted to show the Sheriff�s Office was doing its part in tighten its belt a little bit to uh share with the people of the County uh that we were gonna live within our means. We�re going to continue to live within our means as long as the the the economy is like it is. The State of Tennessee obviously is suffering its worst budget deficit in many, many years and so that you know that trickles down to the local government and we gotta, you know, continue to tighten our belt strap.�
NOTE: From 2005 to 2009 (the period for which audit is available), and using two proposed budgets for 2010 and 2011 the Sheriff�s budget grew by $1,853,364.00 (includes Commission's Dec. 6, 2010 vote to increase the budget), or an average increase of 10.53 percent, per year, and an overall increase of 85.7 percent.
SHERIFF FORGETS TAXPAYERS PAIN
THE REST OF THE STORY
By: Pat Hunter
There has been a lot of talk from county officials about controlling spending during this severe economic time of high unemployment, foreclosures, bankruptcies, flat wages and salaries, and no increase to social security benefits. Before the May 4, 2010 Republican Primary election Sheriff Guider faced competition from Steve Cook and Sheriff Guider spoke about saving money $250,000, which he would later revise to $210,000 over last year's budget and living within his means and tightening his belt.
Appearing relaxed and confident, just days after winning the Sheriff's race, no time was wasted when the Sheriff's Office sent a fax letter to the Director of Accounts and Budgets, which was distributed to the Budget Committee. The letter signed by the Sheriff was short and sweet, requesting ten (10) new patrol cars ($250,000) and an improved benefit pension plan which would cost taxpayers thousands per year ($60 - 64,000 est. yearly). The Sheriff's Golden Parachute retirement plan request would come up for discussion in the upcoming FY-11-12 budget cycle.
The Sheriff also commented about talking to other sheriffs; he commented how they were happy with the new Dodge Charger, which gave a little better fuel mileage and were roomier than the Crown Victoria. He thought about ordering 3 or 4 new Chargers. He also spoke about how he hadn't received any new cars in two (2) years but he was about to make up for that. The Budget Committee approved spending $250,000 for ten (10) new cars but little did taxpayers know that he would come back a second time, to request MORE!
Sheriff May 6, 2010 Fax Letter to Tracy Blair
�The purpose of this letter is to inform you and the members of the budget committee of my request and recommendation in the matter of motor vehicle fleet for the sheriff�s office. After careful evaluation, I have determined that 10 (ten) new patrol cars is a fair and effective request to reduce maintenance costs, to improve fuel efficiency and to improve overall safety for the officers and the community. The second purpose of this letter is to request consideration for funding of the TCRS Benefit Improvement Package for Public Safety Officers.
Thank you for your time.
Tim Guider, Sheriff.�
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