- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
- Comedian, cancer survivor Tom Green headlines sold-out Cancer Center benefit (1/22/17)
Taxpayers need more no votes
Our daily newspaper ran a paid editorial by a former county commissioner, complaining that Commissioner Jay Purcell is always voting no; on the last eight budgets he did vote no, saying they were not balanced. Purcell now has been voted out and will be replaced by a new commissioner that also wants to keep the courthouse in Cape Girardeau, when Purcell wanted to consolidate the two old courthouses into one new courthouse in Jackson, which is the county seat. That also would have saved us taxpayers thousands of dollars.
August 30, after the election, the county auditor gave the commissioners the facts that they had spent over a half a million more than they had taken in, and taxes may have to increase.
As I see it we needed another commissioner to vote no and balance the budget. As was stated at the presidential convention, it is only simple arithmetic.
Hope to see a budget balanced.
DON KUNTZE, Jackson