We don’t like it when our government officials spend more than they allot themselves to spend in a year on any budgeted item.
And, as pointed out in a story in this weekend’s newspaper, one line item in the Washington County Board of Supervisors has seen a significant stretch of the budget.
The spending on engineering for in-house projects for the county has tripled the budget amount of $35,000.
That this happens on the watch of a new engineering firm has raised the ire of a couple board members and the suspicions of citizens throughout the county.
It has us wondering as well.
Why is the board ignoring its own budget and throwing major projects at its new engineer?
To put a finer point on the matter, why is the board spending all these dollars, that it hasn’t spent in the past, with a firm based in Jackson?
We can allow there are projects which require swift action and sometimes budgets can’t be adhered to.
Either the board of supervisors needs to do a better job of budgeting and managing expenditures or take a look at how the previous engineer conducted such business.
Perhaps then they will realize the mistake made in cutting ties with the previous firm.