Fewer births

August 27, 2018

According to our county hospital’s June 2018 financial report,  births in the April to June quarter are down by 20% from the same quarter in 2016.

Can any of our readers help explain this to us?

We deserve better


The modern smoke filled room

August 16, 2018

Our county commissioners seem to like to have “special” meetings just like city council.

This page shows us that they like to have a lot of meetings and that they hold them in different places:

They meet in their public courtroom, in the building lobby, and disturbingly in the judge’s conference room.

Pick a meeting

The important ones are held out in public, right?


The next slide is the first part of the agenda for the August 16, 2018 meeting (being held in the judge’s conference room).

Evidently public participation in the budget does not need to be provided for.

We deserve better


Hospital getting better

August 12, 2018

We should be thankful that we have a new administrator over at the county hospital.

According to a notice recently published in the Times their tax rate for next year will not go up from last year.

Because of increases in property values as well as new construction in the last year the hospital will still collect $1.7 more in property taxes than they did last year.

From what we can see he has made significant cuts to payroll costs this year.

Some may argue that the decision was not difficult in light of the high spending that the previous administrator imposed on us.

Still, this new administrator is not like the city that is thinking about raising their tax rate to the maximum value they can without letting the voters have a say and then adding significant fees to our garbage and utility bills.

This is better


Children’s hospital shows a profit

July 18, 2018

Something remarkable happened in May.

The following graphic was derived (we used cut and paste to remove the main hospital and other entities) from the May 2018 financial report published by our county hospital.

According to these figures the children’s hospital was profitable for the month of May!

We don’t know if there were unusual accounting entries during the month so we will have to wait to see what they do next month.

This is better!


Make your choice

May 22, 2018

Since there is no republican candidate in the county judge race we will pick our next county judge in today’s election.

Our choices are:

  • A former mayor
  • A political newcomer who has not learned how to run our lives yet

Please vote.

Almost as bad as you can get

May 4, 2018

Well things are getting measurably worse.

In 2014 we had the 5th highest effective residential property tax rate among the 50 largest cities in the United States.  See 5th highest taxes.

In 2015 we had the 3rd highest.  See Climbing to the top.

For 2017 we were the 2nd highest.

Remember that most of the quality of life bonds have not been issued yet nor have most of the school district bonds.

We deserve better


Things are quiet at the county hospital

April 29, 2018

We don’t hear much about our county hospital lately.

Could it be that we have an honest, competent administrator over there now?

We deserve better


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