To the Editor:
This is really getting tiresome! Letter after letter, probably written by the same person but signed by others, extolling the “accomplishments” of the Herbst administration. Accomplishments that actually belong to the previous administration.
The (make-believe) $3 million deficit that never was. Rather, it was decisions made in last year of the previous administration that resulted in a $1.5 million surplus. NOT a “Herbst accomplishment.”
The interactive whiteboards as well as the replaced computers—all were purchased under the prior administration and had already been scheduled to be installed. Again, NOT a “Herbst accomplishment.”
Excellence in student test scores belongs to the previous administration. The Herbst year has not been reported yet, but the Republicans want to take credit for the previous administration’s strong investment in education. Once again, NOT a” Herbst accomplishment.”
The mall renovation? Negotiated, begun, and well underway during the previous administration. Definitely NOT a “Herbst accomplishment.”
The high school renovation team was put in place long before Mr. Herbst became the FS. The previous administration put it in motion with complete confidence that the project would come in “on time and under budget,” as had all projects initiated under the prior administration. Clearly, NOT a “Herbst’s accomplishment.”
It is interesting to note that the “stagnant economic development” happened during the years that Mr. Herbst was the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Funny, since he is no longer the chairman, we have growth in the Grand List. Go figure!
What Mr. Herbst IS responsible for, however, is a diminished school system, complete with a tax increase each of his two years. Mr. Herbst has also very quietly moved regular, operating budget expenses out of the operating budget and onto the bonding “credit card” where he believes people won’t notice it. Then, when Mr. Herbst has moved on, and he will move on at the very first opportunity since he does not wish to be the “mayor of Mayberry” (his word, not mine), we will suddenly be hit with the bill. A tax increase two years in a row, diminished services, regular daily operating expenses moved to the credit card to artificially lower the tax increase, and a slew of broken campaign promises. Oh, and not ONE road paved by Public Works in two years. That’s what Mr. Herbst and the Republicans are responsible for! There it is, folks—the real “Herbst accomplishments”!