There are many unanswered questions concerning the recent water rate hike, and the Department of Environmental Services layoffs and budget problems.
Such as, why isn't the man that made the wrong income projections for the new water lines being held responsible?
Were these water lines installed with no thought of what would happen if the people in these rural areas didn't tap into them? Who can afford the $3,000 to tap into these lines? Not everyone makes $100,000 plus like the head of that department.
Were these lines installed in a big race to beat the Rural Water Company? Didn't the county take them to court to win the right to install these lines? I bet they are laughing now.
Why are only the union employees being laid off, and no management? It's a shame that because of some poor engineering eight employees are going to be put out into the streets when jobs are far and few to find. Why didn't the county talk to PERS and try to expedite the early retirement program? It sure makes a lot more sense to let the employees that are near retirement retire, instead of laying people off.
Maybe our state representatives would have gotten involved and help speed up the early retirement process. But maybe that was too much work, and instead of trying to save these jobs, someone was too worried about saving his own you-know-what.
I hope the county commissioners are looking into this situation and finding out how we got here and who is really responsible. After all they act on the advice and recommendations of their department heads. What future "great" engineering recommendations are going to made that will cost us more money or more employees?