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One would think that Jon Barton would be old enough to know there is no Santa Claus and superman only exists in comic books but in a letter to the editor he continues to place faith in mythical beings while fabricating mythical arguments. Barton blames Coos County Treasurer Mary Barton of frittering away millions of dollars and presiding over “poor financial systems” that enabled disasters like solid waste while doing it all out of the goodness of her heart. Barton insists that a financial officer, another superhuman who can part seas and walk on water, oversee maintenance schedules and balance a checkbook will cure the county’s ills.
Many of the financial disasters, such as solid waste, parks, IT and others would be avoided. Millions of dollars have been frittered away just in the last few years because of poor financial systems, lack of financial analysis and neglect by just a few of our public officials.
Who knew that Mary Barton was responsible for all the county’s failings, real and imagined or that a budget director could have saved solid waste. Not only does Barton accuse treasurer of doing a terrible job but he successfully derides county staff and other elected officials, past and present.
Incompetent staff and public officials with a special agenda would be the losers. In fact, the only reason for opposing the hiring of a competent professional is fear of either having one’s authority usurped or the public finding out just how poorly managed our county is and has been for years.
There is no question that Mary Barton requires some mechanism to take over some of the extra duties she has taken upon herself over the years. Why these charges haven’t been delegated in the past is not clear but whether other departments can take some of the load or whether one or two more people should be added to meet these challenges one thing is clear, many are suspicious that the finance director will ultimately morph into an administrator. The fact that Barton who is a founding member of the rat PAC(K) is pushing for a finance director only adds fuel to the flame.