The two South County members of the Gila County Board of Supervisors seem ready to kill yet another proposal to benefit the people who pay their salaries.
Supervisor Mike Pastor tabled Supervisor Tommie Martin’s request for about $85,000 in economic development money to launch a cosmetology program at Gila Community College and another $400,000 to buy a piece of property for the eventual expansion of the clearly inadequate and undersized county offices in Payson.
The county had the money set aside already — unspent economic development funding and capital money. The capital money had been earmarked for a remodel of the county facilities in Globe, but the project hasn’t started with the fiscal year nearly ended. Mind you, the county has already lavished far more money on its facilities in Globe than on the cramped and inadequate digs in Payson.
Please note: North County taxpayers provide at least 60 percent of the county property tax revenue and probably an even bigger percentage of the sales tax and gas tax money. Moreover, North County now also harbors more than half of the county’s residents.
The South County representatives have long treated county government as their own little piggy bank. They continue to spend far more money in the south than in the north. Some of that reflects greater social service needs in the south — but sometimes the inequity becomes so gross that no one can deny the rank, sickly smell of politics.
We hope the board members will reconsider this lopsided and insulting decision during their special meeting next week.
If they don’t, then we must take this high-handed treatment to heart. We must then do anything we can to starve the county of funds and recruit and fund candidates for the board who will treat residents fairly — regardless of what district they live in.