These Commissioners insult our intelligence. We rejected the permanent nature of the tax (which they tried to mislead us about). So now let's ask for twice as much but we'll dedicate it to the justice system. Umm, isn't that where the lions share of the sales tax is spent anyway?!? It's smoke and mirrors and we're onto you. Asking for more isn't going to get the tax passed. It will probably result in another failure. I, for one, will not be voting for the tax renewal until the Commissioners STOP playing all these games!
July 18, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.
I believe this is an accurate analysis of the voter rejection of the sales tax "renewal". Everyone I spoke to opposed the permanent nature of it. The vote is the only power that we have left to ensure that our tax funds are being responsibly managed by the Commissioners. In other words, the taxpayers did not object to the tax, we just demand that it come with a 5-year term.
May 13, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.
Atown Parent is absolutely correct. We do not necessarily object to the tax. We oppose the CONTINUOUS nature of it. The Commissioners need to hear this loud and clear. If you want the tax to pass, you must put it on with a 5 year term. The word of the day is accountability, Mr. Ditzler.
May 9, 2014 at 9:27 a.m.
richardlewis973 is obviously on the county payroll. How else can you explain the arrogance of his statements? He declares that the tax is essential so case closed right?!? The Commissioners require the department heads to support their requested budgets but we, the taxpayers, can't hold the same Commissioners to that standard according to richardlewis973. With logic like that, no wonder he can't make it in the private sector.
May 7, 2014 at 12:51 p.m.
richardlewis973's rant is a perfect example of the entitled and reckless attitude that the taxpayers are rejecting. We don't object to the tax, just the permanent nature of it. Get that thru your head!
May 7, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.
“It’s unfortunate that it failed. It was a renewal,” said Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti. Hey Commissioners, let me clue you in on why it was defeated - you tried to jam the renewal through as a continuous tax. It has nothing to do with "earmarking". The taxpayers demand accountability. We see the raises that get doled out without it. You burned us once We won't allow that to happen again. Make it a 5 year renewal if you want it to pass, Commissioners.
May 7, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.
These guys, Sammarone and Ridder, are clowns. Can't succeed at running a law practice. So then they open a bar. Can't succeed at that either. So now Sammarone, Jr. wants to be a judge while his partner bashes the Democrats (a party that supported his father) with those juvenile and bigoted comments. Those two need to grow up. No way that kid is ready for the responsibility of running a court.
April 18, 2014 at 9:36 a.m.
Sammarone sounds like a neanderthal everytime he opens his mouth. Boys vs. girls. Really? He is running for one of the most important offices in the County and Sammarone sounds like he's on the school yard playground. He doesn't seem to think or conduct himself like a judge if you ask me.
April 10, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.
Fontana, you really need to read that indictment. These guys sold out their client and it's all on tape! They extorted him for $50,000. Cockroaches like that deserve what they get.
February 27, 2014 at 9:17 a.m.
@UticaShale, just so I'm clear on this . . . the City and County are unable to enter into these lucrative mineral leases because the land bank(s) are not clearing title to enough or any of the abandoned properties? You seem very knowledgeable about the oil and gas industry. Do you have an estimate on the amount of forfeited dollars because of the lease withdrawals?
July 18, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.