"Suite Deal" Reveals Assembly's Poor Stewardship of Taxpayer Money

Apparently it's okay to waste money, just don't exceed budget line item...

We're still waiting to see if any of the five Assembly of Delegates members will reimburse the county for their "Suite Deal" room upgrades to an apparently non-existent "secure floor" at the Sheraton Boston Hotel - which doesn't have secure floors.

Meanwhile, there's another troubling take-away from this matter.  It was alluded to in the original story by the Cape Cod Times and has been observed in many of our contacts concerning this matter.

Our public officials at the County government seems terribly upset by the Assembly members' cavalier disregard for taxpayer funds because they didn't exceed their travel budget line item.  This was alluded to in statements by the Assembly Speaker quoted in the Times story and also in discussions about why the county finance office did not raise the alarm.  Waste all the money you want, just don't over-spend your budget.

The take-away here is that, at the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates, it is acceptable to waste taxpayer money so long as you don't exceed your budget line item.

As the British would say, now that's just brilliant! 

Speaking of money wasted by the Assembly of Delegates, what about this $17,000 per year stenographer they employ to transcribe their meetings?  Recent budget deliberations by the County Commissioners revealed that the stenographer's record is not usable under the Open Meeting Law.  So why is the assembly wasting $17,000 a year on this unnecessary expense?

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