While $31,000.00 is a significant amount of money, the pending issue relating to taxpayer funds used to pay for private litigation is more than just a money matter. It has everything to do with right and wrong, which is certainly more important to We The People - than the money itself.
Was it right or wrong for the County Executive John Stoffa to authorize the use of county resources funded by taxpayer dollars to benefit a private matter? You see...anyone looking at this question has to understand that it is always WRONG to use tax dollars for private use! Mr. Stoffa suggested to a county resident/taxpayer that he did not use tax dollars...but county dollars. Again, we have to ask - what is the difference? And if there is a difference, can someone knowledgeable please define the difference for us, because we don't see a difference.
The act of misusing tax dollars ladies and gentlemen of NorCo, is no different in this case, than the WFMZ report yesterday about former State House Speaker Bill DeWeese, who was convicted of misusing tax dollars - by way of using employees to benefit his own private campaign. http://www.wfmz.com/news/Former-state-House-Speaker-behind-bars/-/121458/13394142/-/h49h77/-/index.html
Mr. DeWeese is today sitting in jail because his act of misusing tax dollars was WRONG! We The People believe that the actions of our County Executive were equivalent to those of Mr. DeWeese, and that's not to say that our desire is that Mr. Stoffa, or anyone else warms a bed in jail...but if one knowingly and intentionally breaks the law...then where do law breakers go - if not jail?
County Council has been tasked by We The People to investigate this matter. Not to address this matter seriously would be considered by We The People a dereliction of duty on their part. Hopefully they will have some answers for us during this evenings County Council meeting.
Stay tuned for new developments.