I have gone to many Luzerne County Council meetings throughout the year, made comments and it resulted with a lack of response.
I remember a contingent of elderly veterans came to the Luzerne County Council meeting and had to wait over 3 hours before given an opportunity to speak because Mr. Bobeck refused to place them on the agenda. Many left because of their age and I still recall the words: Shame on you!
The 2012 budget contained a tax increase. Was it really necessary? The 2013 budget gave a $1,000 bonus for non-union employees.
Mr. Lawton was late presenting the 2013 budget and did not comply with the Home Rule Charter. The 2013 budget revenues are questionable. It is highly likely the revenue will not materialize without future borrowing.
I have seen Mr. Lawton keep County Council members in the dark about issues facing Luzerne County. Updates must be provided by the County Manager on County business as required by the Home Rule Charter. Why is the Charter ignored?
Throughout the year there was much discussion about the County debt, however the majority of Council has continued to spend bond money without a plan. Many Council members complain about the County debt but foolishly spend over $30 million of bond money left over by previous administration. They raised taxes and gave out bonuses. This sounds like tax the people and spend their money to me.
I will continue to attend Luzerne County Council meetings in 2013. I will question our County officials on issues important to the residents of Luzerne County.
Happy New Year to all citizens of Luzerne County.