In Today’s Ben Column – some back and forth on the CCIA
“Last year, and before election day, Cumberland County freeholders claimed that the county was ‘fiscally sound’ with a comfortable surplus.
“Now, Lou & Co. are claiming a deficit of $4-$8 million.
“Last year, the Cumberland County Improvement Authority was ‘one of the most financially secure authorities in the state.’
“Now, (Donald) Rainear (appointed by Lou & Co.) is claiming that the authority is in bad shape financially.
“Both Magazzu and Rainear offer pretty lame explanations when asked, ‘Where has all the money gone in such a short time?’
“Could it be that Lou & Co. want to work a deal which would allow Lou to get his hands on that unspent bonded money so that he can build the prosecutor’s office, veterans chapel and announce that he has once again ‘saved the day’?
“This ‘deal’ would probably result in him announcing that there would be no layoffs or furloughs for the county workers and no tax increase for the taxpayers of this county.
“One thing for sure, something is brewing.
“Keep your eyes open, Freeholder Thompson.’’
— we’ll be watching—
How are the explanations lame?
It is what it is.
In the separation agreement with Steve Wymbs, it was stated there would be no blame cast by either side.
That didn’t sound like the story at the last freeholder meeting.
It sounded like Wymbs was blamed.
It sounded like bond counsel was blamed.
It all started with Wymbs having a contract as executive director of the CCIA that all the king’s men couldn’t break.
The CCIA board said, “Whoa!’’
The contract didn’t come from Pep Boys.
Then it escalated to why are we bonding for more landfill space when everybody knows we’re losing tonnage?
The approval to expand the landfill didn’t come down on stone tablets.
Who knew we would lose tonnage?
The cry back then was, “What is the world going to do with all this trash?!’’
The Cumberland County landfill was going to the World’s Fair as an example of how garbage should be handled at a time when other counties were stinking to high heaven.
Today, everything stinks.
And one of the ways to help get out of it is to unbond expansion.