In a county with such high taxes, I am perplexed as to why the Indy would be “alarmed” by Bonnie Hauser's suggestion of re-evaluating and re-prioritizing spending.
With a county budget of $220 million, even simple steps to increase efficiencies and re-prioritize spending would allow the county to fund short-term school needs such as teacher salary increases and necessary building repairs immediately.
Knowing that Bonnie Hauser is a retired Pricewaterhouse Coopers management consultant, I am troubled that the Indy did not reach out to her to ask for specifics before making such a statement.
Throughout her campaign she has given specific examples - some of which have recently been explored by county staff who have identified $20 million in funds that can be redirected to schools. All the while, Mr. Jacobs approached the issue by gearing up for a bond referndum which would increase our already high taxes.
I certainly hope that Orange County voters are not "alarmed" at the idea of a political candidate who wants to evaluate how government spends our tax dollars.
Additionally, I would hope that Orange County voters recognize the value of Bonnie's financial expertise, commitment to community and fresh perspective as we embrace the complex changes that t are coming our way - including opportunities for working with towns on economic development - discussions that would benefit not only from Bonnie's financial expertise but also from her experience working in other, similar communities.
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