New regional jail is a monkey on our back
The decisions of our current Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to make and act upon polices on our behalf soon will be evident when and if the shovels turn in Front Royal.
Board of Supervisors members of all three counties formed the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Authority and agreement. They sit in their board chamber seats with defiant faces when opponents are present. Members refuse to answer legitimate, intelligent, financial-based questions about the jail. When greedy, power-hungry politicians get a taste of what they think they can do and realize they can do it by raising our taxes, we are all damned.
The building projects of the last several years will be a significant imposed debt struggle. Now the plan is a monkey on our back in the form of RSW regional jail. Warren County is foaming at the mouth to have a ground breaking date.
Warren County will benefit above all. Among other issues, they only have a few miles to transport prisoners. The negative side will bring families and assorted friends of the prisoners. Wait until they get a load of what is coming with that scenario.
Does anyone want to talk about security for the Front Royal community? I'm not talking drunk in public here. I'm talking deluxe types from Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties. Jail officials will have to rent beds (double bunk) in order to keep the jail open. Yes, there will be a security breech and the community will scramble in a 911 fashion.
Shenandoah County taxpayers will now bear the brunt in a fierce effort to stretch tax dollars for life-saving efforts of fire and rescue, public safety for police, deputies and teacher salaries. Pay raises for these folks will be null short- and long-term.
Shenandoah County citizens and taxpayers have had our Virginia state constitutional rights taken from us. We did not have an electoral vote or the chance to vote on a referendum (for or against) the jail. When all is said and done, all we really have are our constitutional rights.
Marsha Shruntz, Strasburg