How the BCC and our own electorate failed us in this bridge boondoggle

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

The adage “follow the money!” might be instructive in ascertaining responsibility. Who stood to gain financially? Were any BCC members involved in land deals, directly or indirectly, through which they stood to gain by their official acts (or failures to act)? Were any large contributors to any BCC members in any fashion responsible for this huge departure from the usual means of the state financing road and bridge projects?

Why the urgency pushed on us by the supporters of this project? Were there options about to expire on land, which would be purchased for right of way? Why was the new bridge changed from west of the existing to the east of same? Who stood to gain from this move?

Is this record prologue, or do we learn and move forward with our new BCC? We have an opportunity to use this terrible example of special interests stampeding a proposal to passage that is a huge financial windfall to a few. There is ample reason for concern about the integrity of that process, and we must ensure that the new BCC sets its priorities with the best interests of all Walton Countians at the forefront, abjuring the politics of enrichment of the favored few.

We now have a BCC which appears disposed to find its way on our behalf. It's up to us to help them such that we are spared future outrage.

Don Riley, M.D. is president of the Walton County Taxpayers Association

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