Many of us have been patiently waiting for one of our five Commissioners to step up to the plate and lead, someone to be bold, blunt, and decisive—someone who will grab the bull by the horns and shake things up with regard to the County budget. Up until yesterday it has been remarkably quiet from our Republican elected officials. It’s almost as if they don’t understand that they WON the elections and that they are in charge now. America’s Governor, Chris Christie, said it best when he said that “leadership is about doing big things and being courageous.”
Commissioner Jim Mullin and Mike Dunn—thank you for not waiting any longer and leading this charge of changing the business as usual attitude in Elkton. Hopefully your suggestions can help spur significant discussions and debate on this budget so that the citizens of Cecil County do not face higher taxes in FY 2012. I hope that the remaining three Commissioners will follow your lead.
Furthermore, I call on the remaining Commissioners to publish their budget cutting ideas within the next 5 days. All of the Commissioners have had their chance to become educated on the budget, and yet only two Commissioners have come out with any ideas. The people of Cecil County need to know that each of you have read through the budget and have your own ideas on how to keep spending under control.
Waiting on the report release from your newly formed budget commission recommendations will be unacceptable to the people as that would indicate very clearly that you’ve simply dodged responsibility in favor of waiting for someone else to give you political cover to make tough decisions for the county.
Commissioner Hodge, Moore, and Broomell we look forward to seeing your budget cuts in Friday’s (02-25-11) edition of the Cecil Whig.
Mike A. Dawson (R)
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