Letters to the Editor: April 10, 2014

other_letters_editorChickasaw County supervisors criticized for Ausbern contract

This is my first time to write a “letter to the editor.” However, it is my opinion that someone needs to speak out about the disservice the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors has done to the taxpaying citizens of the county. The terms of the contract with Ausbern Construction should have been honored with timely payment.

As a teenager growing up on a farm, I learned the importance of honoring the terms of an agreement. My daddy hired “hands” to pick cotton and I was responsible to keep records of the amount each person picked and figure their pay. At the end of the day or week, as agreed Daddy paid them their wages. Of course, in those days no written contract was required – your word was your bond.

It was totally irrational for the Board of Supervisors to withhold payment until sued. Now the county is required to pay an exorbitant extra amount. Why not cut the supervisors’ salaries to cover the cost? Furthermore, if engineer Ed Springer is incapable of properly figuring a job, he should be discharged and another engineer hired who can.

I would also like to point out that government officials are elected to be servants of the people and can be voted out in the next election.

To my fellow Chickasaw Countians who have the ability, I urge you to consider running in opposition to the present supervisor in your district. The annual salary is based upon the total assessed valuation of the county for the preceding taxable year. For counties having a total assessed valuation of less than $30 million, the salary is $29,000. From there it increases by specific increments for a salary up to $46,700. Wow.

Lounez Scrivner

Okolona