The following was in my inbox this morning. Lou Magazzu and company continue to lie to the public, claiming that the opponents in this election have not proposed any new ideas. In fact, both the Independents and the Republicans continue to offer ideas. Lou does nothing but call his opponents names on his TeamMagazzu website. No new ideas. Just resting on his laurels.
And what laurels does he have to rest upon? Highest teen pregnancy. Highest unemployment, and still climbing. Jobs are leaving the county at an alarming rate, and the Democratic plan of action was to house 25% of the state’s inmates as our primary industry. Highest number of children living in poverty or on Welfare. Lou has had a decade to make a difference and the only thing he has accomplished is to spend almost a million dollars of taxpayers’ dollars on his lawyer friends that contributed to his personal campaign.
Lou appointed a slumlord to the board of the CCIA to represent Deerefield, against Deerfield’s best wishes. Lou appointed a pothead to the CCUA for a no-show job. Lou appointed a political campaign volunteer to a position that was newly created just for him, forgoing the civil service and equal opportunity laws, and is paying him a healthy salary plus benefits that most Cumberland County taxpayers would love to have.
The taxpayers have asked to have the county budget accessible on the $40,000 county website for years. Lou claims it can’t be done. The Republicans posted it. The Republicans now want it posted in a searchable format so that the taxpaying public can see for themselves where there money is being wasted, and will no longer have to depend on Lou’s half-truths or the un-investigative press to disseminate the information.
Tonetta, Fiocchi and Sheppard Will Make Cumberland County Government Transparent
They’ve already posted the County budget online, now they want taxpayers to be able to search it.
Cumberland County Republican Freeholder candidates Rick Tonetta, Tom Sheppard and Sam Fiocchi want Cumberland County government to be transparent and they believe the first step in doing this is by adopting the Transparency in Government Act as sponsored by state Senators Pennacchio and Codey on a County basis.
The basics of the Transparency in Government Act are simple, the state budget would be placed on the internet in a searchable format so taxpayers could see exactly where tax money is being spent.
“What this bi-partisan bill would do on a state level is exactly what we want to do on a county level,” GOP freeholder candidate Rick Tonetta said. “It makes sense to allow residents to see where their tax dollars are spent. After all, it is their money.”
“Needless to say our Democrat opponents will say it can’t be done,” Republican freeholder candidate Tom Sheppard added. “Taxpayers need to remember our opponents are the same people who said the County’s budget couldn’t be placed online and we put it online at CumberlandAnswers.com. Absolutely, as freeholders we will move to have the county’s budget placed online, in a searchable manner, so a taxpayer can track where every dime of their money is spent.”
“Government can’t get more transparent than that,” GOP freeholder candidate Sam Fiocchi said. “Our opponents may try to argue that placing the budget online in a searchable fashion is too expensive. That argument is wrong considering the State of Alaska did it for less than $5,000. Taxpayers in that state can go online and search state agency expenditures and contractors and the information is updated monthly. This is a common sense way to start bringing transparency to government in Cumberland County and as freeholders we intend to do it.”