If this report from Michael Pitman stands up to the realities of time and politics, then Sheriff "Spotlight" Jones just lost his chance at what he called the "fair way" to raise revenue. The rest of us call it raising taxes during a recession and there is nothing fair about it.
Let's continue to apply pressure on our office holders to hold the line on spending. We need a leaner, more efficient government serving us until the county can get back on its feet. Let's also hope that the Commission has learned its lesson on runaway spending when times appear to be good. The self-sufficient community is the one that saves something back for when times are bad. It works for families all over the country, so it can work for governments too.