Letter to the Editor: Why did supervisors attack sheriff?


I am wondering why the Board of Supervisors found it necessary to attack our county wide elected sheriff at the meeting last week.

It is my understanding that the sheriff, by law, must inform the Board of Supervisors of the equipment he would like to buy for his department with the funds that his department earned from the forfeited assets in criminal cases. Being that this is not money from taxpayers’ pockets, it would seem that a pat on the back for the sheriff is in order and not an attack.

Sheriff Carter was repeatedly quizzed and attacked for wanting to use the money earned on equipment that cost several hundred thousand dollars. But never once did the Board of Supervisors question spending and putting the county in debt $100 million for a jail that no one wants, including the sheriff!

The same Board of Supervisors never questioned the school administration budget department why it is necessary for an additional $5.5 million be added to the school budget in one budget year. All the taxpayer hears is “we need it” or “it’s needs based.”

So, let me get this one straight. The Board of Supervisors will scrutinize several hundred thousand dollars of non taxes, but not blink an eye at several million or going in debt hundreds of millions of dollars in tax dollars. Only in Shenandoah County.

As (Reagan) Republicans believe taken from their creed:

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,

That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,

That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

Tara Bowman, Woodstock