Are the taxpayers being unreasonable calling for County Executive John Stoffa's resignation? Fair question.
We The People don't believe they are. The tax payers are the folks who take their hard-earned money and give it to the government so that our government can function. Then we elect officials to manage our money properly. For the most part, our government does a fair job, but there are cases that those we entrust our tax-dollars to, mismanage our funds. An audit can discover the mismanagement and make a correction to put the train back on track. Their are other cases (such as the current case in NorCo) where an elected official knowingly and intentionally uses tax-dollars for purposes the funds where not intended for (better known as misuse of tax-dollars).
Generally speaking, in cases where there is misuse of tax-dollars...consequences must exist. If not, then anyone desiring to misuse tax-dollars can do so without fear of getting caught, knowing that if they do get caught - no big deal because there are no consequences.
You then have promises made by our elected officials - like they will never lie, cheat or steal. If they do lie, cheat or steal and get caught, shouldn't there be any consequences? Yes, of course. Any reasonable person would say so. That can be illustrated by what we teach our own children. Do we teach our children that is okay to lie, cheat and steal? No, of course not. In fact, one of our greatest lessons to our posterity is: never lie. As part of our lessons to our children dealing with deceptions, we punish them. As reasonable and civil parents the punishment should always fits the rebellious act.
To further illustrate our meaning - In the case of the County Executive's misuse of tax funds, County Council is the parent, and John Stoffa is the rebellious child. Understanding that Johnny was caught, first, using money that was not his for something the money was not intended for, and then when question he states "he did not do it". When presented with the evidence, he say's he'll pay it back (admitting his guilt) and then decides not to pay it back unless he can attached conditions, the question clearly becomes: Should Johnny be punished? And we suspect that any reasonable parent will say: yes, he should be?
Now lets look at it from a different perspective. County Executive John Stoffa allowed the termination of two employees for sending emails he deemed inappropriate. Would he allow an employee to misuse county tax dollars? And If the employee was discovered, would he allow the employee to lie. Well, if he would fire an employee for emails (which is a lesser act) then surly one would believe that he would not allow an employee who commits a greater act (misuse of tax funds or lying) to get away with it. Does this all make sense? We think it does! So why should it be any different when it's the boss who get's caught? It's not different.
There is no alternative...
...County Executive John Stoffa MUST Resign now!!!
This is not about The People wanting something they can't have. This is about all parties involve doing what they teach their own child to do - the right thing...all the time.
Read about another corruption case relating to the misuse of tax dollars by: Judge Joan Orie Melvin