12/31/2006: "Thank You For Serving!"
I would like to publicly thank Si Stephens, Kathy Turnbull, Mary Jean Cahail, and Paul Dossett for their years of service in our county government.
Our county will miss these stalwart servants who were even handed, patient and friendly. For instance, Paul Dossett repeatedly had to calm angry residents down while explaining that their houses' assessments were not what caused them to pay so much in taxes. The county government was the one setting the budget. The county government gets their dollars no matter what homes are assessed. If house assessments go down, the tax rate goes up, so that the taxes are still collected. If the assessments go up, the tax rate goes down (hopefully, unless the County Councilmen again raise the county taxes), so the same taxes are collected no matter what the assessments are.
Thank you from all of us, and we also thank the wonderful people who stepped up to serve us in the new positions.
Happy New Year, and may God bless you in your new roles in life.