Published: 1:53 pm, Sun. Sep. 3rd, 2017Updated: 1:53 pm
TO THE EDITOR:
As we approach our right to vote on the county increase in sales tax, I am left in awe. I have studied the county’s budgets for several years and I am having a difficult time in concluding that it is both needed and beneficial.
In 2002 the county budget was $19 million and in 2017 it is $99 million; that is an $80 million increase in 15 years. Or $5.3 million a year, an average increase of 28 percent a year. As a business consultant for 30 years, I have never come across a business with this stellar growth.
I completed an analysis of the county’s budgets from 2002 to 2012 by department and put it in a PowerPoint program. Per the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index averaged 2.6 percent during the above period. The budget from 2002 to 2012 increased by $38 million or $3.8 million a year, or 20.8 percent a year during the study period.
Since the increase is now $5.3 million a year, one can conclude that the Eddy County budget is increasing at an alarming rate.
The county wants to build a new, larger jail and a new administration building.
All the above should be set against the fact that all of county government was in the courthouse as late as 1992.
Larry G. Coalson