Anyone taken a look at the Ravalli County Commissioners’ calendar lately? It won’t take you long to read it if you haven’t. We’re seeing an awful lot of “Office Management.”
For those that don’t know what that means… It’s commissioner code for, “We’re not doing anything so we probably won’t bother to come in.”
For this astounding amount of hard work, you, the taxpayer, are paying them more than $60,000/year plus full benefits.
If they truly have so little to do that they only need to schedule meetings one day a week, (or maybe 2) perhaps they should be helping out in other departments around the county.
Maybe they could go downstairs and help the motor vehicles department during busy hours so the line moves a little faster.
Maybe they could head over to the road department and help out there. They’ve already made a big deal about how they’re short on funds thanks to SRS funding cuts. I’m sure the road crews would love to see the commissioners out working to help make things better instead of sitting at home collecting their paychecks. They could be out driving plows to help clear the roads during a snow storm. They could be out patching the holes in the roads that were ignored over the summer while the commission sat by not letting the department head hire workers back.
Or maybe they could actually do the work they were elected to do. They could be working on policy to attract new business growth. They could be working to make things better in our county.
Instead we’re getting none of that. We get “office management.” We get an absentee county commission that complains about an intrusive federal government and its overspending then turns around and complains about not getting enough federal money. We get a group of commissioners content to not do anything while collecting their fat paychecks.
You get what you vote for which is why right now, you’re not getting what you pay for.