“It’s not about me,” ...“It’s about the issues.”- Tim Grier
Officials ask citizen Tim Grier to withdraw challenge to bond borrowing to avoid layoffs, cuts.
It's all Tim's fault that every year the Luzerne County Commissioners have to borrow money to pay last years bills. It's all Tim's fault that they borrow money for one thing and spend it on another in violation of state law. It's his fault that they hid the looming deficit until after the election, violating the Bond Brothers (Skrep and Vondy) policy of regular budget updates.
And who's fault was it to let a few select people pay for their personal entertainment expenses with a county debit card?
DebitCardmissoner Greg Skrepenak has threatened to shut down the Luzerne County government if Grier doesn't back down saying the latest bond issue is needed to pay back last years tax anticipation loan which will lead to all sorts of dire financial consequences.
But there is an alternative before drastic measures have to be taken if the county will go to the courts and ask to borrow the money to cover this years shortfall. That process allows a 10-year repayment schedule; the county wants a 20-year repayment schedule.
“There’s no reason to stretch it out,” Grier said. “You have the option to go to the courts.
Is that correct?”
Sam Guesto responded, “That’s correct.
”“There you have it,” Grier said.
So the short term crises can be avoided and all this borrowing can be more defined hopefully with proviso that if you don't spend it on the original project the money must be returned.
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