In a discussion I had recently, a point came up over the possibility of a raise in the office.
The person I was talking to was livid and upset that raises had not gone forth but other expenditures had. (new vehicles, new equipment, new computers, etc.)
During this discussion, I asked the question of this person if they knew the total tax revenue that the county was bringing in.
They responded no.
I then tried diligently to explain what happens when, under one mandate by the County Commission our Op. budget has to have at least 50% of a given number at the end of the fiscal year.
I then tried to explain the total expenditures and the total income stream, (much like a business) that if we go over a certain amount, we lose money.
The only thing they could see was the lower level raise they got, and why we didn’t get a 5%, 6% or 7% raise like other counties.
I tried again to explain why.
And people wonder why this nation is in such financial trouble.