..because we’re led by jokers and thieves.
From the Birmingham News:
Commissioner Shelia Smoot says mayors ‘crossed the line;’ county will begin collecting debts from cities
The Jefferson County Mayors Association today approved a resolution supporting the concept of a county manager.
“We voted on the principle we supported the idea of the county having a county manager,” Richardson said. “We didn’t specify any legislation or any particular bill in Montgomery.”
Earlier in the day, Commissioner Commissioner Shelia Smoot said area municipalities owe the county “hundreds of thousands of dollars” and that area mayors have “crossed the line” by publicly supporting a county manager.
Smoot passed out a document showing nearly a dozen cities still owed their share of prorated personnel board costs and money for traffic signal maintenance.
“The bottom line is many of them are strapped for cash, and the reason why we know is because we are always bailing them out,” Smoot said. “Right about now, we have some things we need to do, and the collectors will be calling.
So, Birmingham politics has gone from the meeting room to the sandbox. We’ve got a corrupt mayor and a corrupt county commission who seem to care about themselves and their egos and career perks a lot, inversely proportional to how much they care about those that elected them. They would rather put the sewer debt into receivership, no matter what the cost to us taxpayers and water users, rather than declare bankruptcy. Smoot is claiming the right to use a bodyguard with county monies, even as the county edges closer to the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the U.S. And now, petty childish reactions.
I can’t imagine why Smoot is getting threats. Not that I condone such actions — I think the courts are the way to get rid of terrible, clueless politicians — but it’s not exactly a mystery why it could happen.
I ask with all seriousness: is it possible to impeach a county commission?