Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On Skip Alston, Guilford County Finances and Conservatives for Guilford County

"Conservatives for Guilford County...met with Budget Director Mike Halford at a member’s house in November for a session with their “Fat Cutting Team.” Commissioners Billy Yow and Paul Gibson attended.

Commissioners Chairman Melvin “Skip” Alston said the PAC was going too far.

"...if we start sending our staff members to the houses of everyone who has questions about the county, where does it stop?” [Alston said]

Jeff Hyde, one of the founders of Conservative for Guilford County, said Alston’s concern is misplaced.

“First of all, Skip Alston is the Simkins PAC,” Hyde said. “It’s not like he doesn’t have that meeting with them every day."

Hyde said the invitation to Halford came after Commissioner Kirk Perkins challenged members of the group to tell the commissioners where they should make cuts to the budget.

“So, we took his challenge,” Hyde said. “We put together a group and now there are, I would say, 45 people who are involved in looking at different departments close up, learning about the mission of that department and seeing where it could be cut.”

Halford said he welcomes questions from whatever group but bows out when it becomes political.

Alston has suggested the county hold a series of public budget meetings for all residents.

...Halford said that may be more important this year. “We’re facing serious budget issues and some serious policy questions this year,” he said."

Joe Killian

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George Hartzman said...

"Quarter-cent question", by the Greensboro News & Record Editorial Board and John Hammer: How about not borrowing the money?

Guess who “generally” meets on a monthly and “likely” quarterly basis?

Skip Alston on Taxes and the Greensboro News and Record

The Greensboro News and Record Editorial Board on Guilford County finances

Skip Alston, Guilford County, the Greensboro News & Record, Yes Weekly, the Rhino and other local media outlets

Why would Skip Alston say "$40 million debt service next year" when the estimate is $98,252,299?

Will Guilford County burn through $83,543,112 of savings in three years while borrowing $437,275,000 more?

Brenda Bowers said...

It's time we conservatives get up to the counter. we tend to be polite people who wait our turn and therefore never get our turn. BB