We interrupt this MAPS 3 discussion to bring you this special bulletin: Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn is trying to get voters to first approve a hike in sales taxes and property taxes for the county jail according to a report today on KWTV.
This is an intriguing development for anyone hoping to see a third chapter of MAPS advance development of the central city.
Having once covered county government, here are some questions I would be curious to see answered:
- How is Sheriff John Whetsel’s insistence on patrolling areas already patrolled by Oklahoma City, Edmond and Midwest City police an efficient use of existing tax dollars?
- Why does each county commissioner need their own road crew consisting of hires who historically have been political supporters from previous campaigns (what some people would say is patronage hiring)?
- Why does each county officer need their own public relations flack?
- How much of county time is spent politicking instead of accomplishing actual business?
- How much nepotism can be found within Sheriff Whetsel’s office?
- Are county employees hired based on actual qualifications or based on who they know?
- How much money has been spent settling lawsuits related to Oklahoma County’s hiring practices?
- When was the last time Oklahoma County officials had to CUT their budgets?
- Has Sheriff John Whetsel provided any of the last three jail task forces with all the documentation they requested on his budget, finances and operations?
- Do you trust Oklahoma County or Oklahoma City City Hall to best advance this community’s interests in the future?
- What raises have the county officials given themselves the past five years? What are they paid now? How does their pay compare to that paid to the governor?