The Daily Pilot just posted a new story about the freshly approved budget and how reserve funds are necessary to keep the district running smoothly. You can read it here:

http://www.dailypilot.com/news/tn-dpt-me-0828-district-budget-20140827,0,2330522.story

For almost four years, board member Katrina Foley, an attorney, has been recommending a review of the district’s legal expenses, which she believes could save as much as $2 million. She recommended it again at last night’s board meeting. But her colleagues on the dais have not done a thing about it.

Why? Hard to know for certain, but a couple of things come to mind:

1) Foley recommended it

2) What’s the point? It’s a lot of work and there’s no need to be concerned because the money tree in the backyard is still there.

3) Foley may be right, in which case the district has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars over the past four years, which is now forcing them to tap into their reserves. That would not reflect well on the current board, particularly when there are multiple seats up for grabs. 

Even if Foley is 25% right, the district could be saving a huge sum of money. The only way to find out is to do it. I’ve been pointing out board complacency for years but never thought I’d be writing about the majority purposely choosing to avoid a review that could result in tremendous savings, will not cost any jobs and will not affect a single program.

The right thing to do is review the legal fees. Now.

As your board member, I will continue to press for this review.

Steve

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