Editorial: Stop wasting taxpayers' money with indecision
In the famous words of Larry the Cable Guy, just "Git-R-Done" already. For years members of the Douglas County Board have anguished over the high costs of incomplete and changed projects associated with the Government Center. They've mulled and b...
In the famous words of Larry the Cable Guy, just "Git-R-Done" already.
For years members of the Douglas County Board have anguished over the high costs of incomplete and changed projects associated with the Government Center.
They've mulled and brooded and talked to death the need to get some of it done, often dividing on narrow margins to move ahead or kill the proposal before them at any one time.
In the mean time, a gaping vacancy in the center of the Douglas County Jail remains empty.
Visitors to the government building continue to contribute to the carbon footprint while circling blocks and parking lots to find any space where they can leave their car for a few minutes while they conduct business, pay taxes or any number of other things that could bring them to the Government Center on a given day.
In one moment, members OK allocating money to accomplish the task -- architect fees for planning construction of a secure courtroom in vacant space in the Douglas County Jail and money to buy one of three homes for additional parking most recently.
In the latter case, the county's semi-commitment to expand parking led the city to spend to meet its share.
Then when the money is spent, the county officials waffle, and nothing gets done.
That's why taxpayers are mad at government officials. Instead of developing a plan and sticking to it -- they flip, they flop and in the end, it's no better than putting a lit match to taxpayer's money.
It's been five years since the city and county moved into the building. Isn't it about time officials develop a plan to finish it and stick to it.
But don't spend another dime until you're ready to commit. The public just can't afford these half-hearted efforts.