PE Supervisors Chase Wild Goose

Published 2:55 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Editor, The Herald:

Like most other taxpayers, I wouldn't say that I actually enjoy paying taxes, but do so most of the time with a glad heart knowing that everybody has an obligation to support their community so that we can all enjoy certain public services and programs.

But, it is with great concern that I have learned that our Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors is apparently once again off on a wild goose chase at great cost to the taxpayers.

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This time it is a new road out south of Farmville costing about $4 million dollars for some purpose that has never quite been explained, maybe for a hotel development that may or may not be built. Or maybe it has something to do with the school traffic, or maybe not. But, whatever the case may be, it has not been convincingly explained by our County officials.

Coming on the heels of the Board of Supervisor's expenditure of several millions of dollars already on the county's water and utilities plans that failed to come together this past year, this new $4 million dollar road seems to be another example of misguided priorities.

Don't we have other important needs in Prince Edward County? What about maintenance on some of our existing rural roads in need of repairs or upgrades? What about public education? What about youth programs? Other needs? I'm sure that there are many worthy causes.

But once again the Board finds itself on a wild goose chase and seems quite unconcerned that the taxpayers will be left to pick up the check.

Dan Phillips