The Woodward News


September 28, 2007

Strange spending decisions


However, at one point it was noted that the consulting company had been paid around $200,000 to develop the report for the 911 Advisory Board.

I don’t know about you, but I remember in school when you got in trouble for paying someone to write your reports for you.

I understand that it isn’t exactly the same situation, but I don’t really understand the purpose of having all these consultants. Members of the 911 Advisory Board also attended the meeting, why can’t they develop their own report?

Why does there always have to be some third party?

I obviously don’t understand the ins and outs of bureaucratic red tape, but then I don’t understand why so much red tape is needed.

During the meeting, Gene Thaxton, chairman of the 911 Advisory Board, commented, “in Oklahoma, 911 is in a crisis situation.”

But, as he also noted, neither the state or the federal government was able to provide funding to handle this crisis. Yet somehow they found $200,000 for consulting fees.

From what I understand that money might be a complete waste in the end, as Thaxton also suggested that our state legislators might decide the report is not good enough and want some interim study done, which of course would cost more money just to do the same thing all over again.

How many situations like these are happening within our state and nation right now? How much money are we going to waste on studies and never get anything accomplished?

I’m not against government spending, I am against wasteful government spending.

In other interesting governmental spending, Oklahoma was recently awarded a federal grant for almost $12 million to help provide treatment to drug addicts who are being released from prison.

I’m not saying that substance abuse treatment programs are wasteful, but it all comes down to priorities.

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