October 21, 2020

Chairman Boone’s continued response

Chairman Boone’s continued response:

The responsible fiscal management of any budget with declining revenues and rising costs is a challenge within itself.

Over the past 7 years, county health insurance costs have gone up every year.

Adjustments had to be made to the insurance plan to lower the increase in overall premiums, such as deductibles, copays and drug costs.

After these adjustments there was still a significant increase to which the county absorbed and did not pass on to the employee.

This maneuver was to reduce the financial impact to the general fund and preserve the take home pay of each affected employee.

Sadly, this is never mentioned and receives no public recognition, including no debt was incurred to meet financial obligations.

Picture a chart with two lines, green for revenue, red for expenditures. The optimum government chart would reflect the the two lines in tandem with each other, with the green line always higher than the red.

In 2013 the green line started it’s downward trajectory below the red line, and this pattern continued through 2016. In 2017 the green line finally turned and started on a upward trajectory and eventually surpassed the red line in 2018, continuing through 2019.

If that green line had not turned upward when it did, some very difficult decisions were going to have to be made.

Looking back, I consider calendar years 2017 as the year of recovery, 2018 as the year of stability, 2019 as the year of prosperity.

January 01, 2020 began a new decade, and I was excited about the thought of that green line continuing it’s upward trajectory and what this could mean for our future.

In March the virus outbreak was upon us, and changed our world as we knew it.

I do not have any idea how the financial aftermath of this is going to affect the county in the long run, however our financial profile is now strong enough to carry us all the way through. All employees are still getting paid whether they work or not, and the bills are still getting paid on time.

I would like to commend all the Elected officials and department heads who have been frugal with their respective budgets over the years, contributing to our ability to survive financially.

Recognition also has to be given to the employees who have stuck with the county through the difficult years because of their dedication, willingness to serve and their love for Heard County.

The only campaign promise I have made to the citizens and will ever make is to always represent this county with professionalism, honesty, integrity and to do the best job I can.

A candidate should never makes promises that they alone can not fulfill. A candidate who gives employees and citizens false hope of a UTOPIA that does not exist anywhere in this world,  people should be extremely suspect of and look for a hidden agenda.

(To be Continued…)

(Note: There is a lot of misinformation and disinformation circulating in the social media arena. There are people posting too many things that are simply not true and meant to confuse those who don’t know the answer. I am not going to reply to posts on this platform and get into a back and forth, back and forth that never ends. Please feel free to call me at 678-378-1952 if you have any questions or concerns. I can only respect a person who take the time to call or speak to me in person.)

Lee Boone, Chairman

Heard County Board of Commissioners

 

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