Peace be with you
Item D-12 declares those “light bars” on top of the sheriff’s cars “surplus property,” and allows the Sheriff to sell them for a dollar. I’m not sure if it is a dollar per light bar, or a dollar for all of them, but the item declares there value at more than $300.
D-13 on the other hand buys new “light bars” for a total of $18,000. That’s not mentioning the $2,000 Maintenance Structure, the $3,500 Office Expense – Equipment, the 3,500 Shredder, the $13,200 Carpet, the $8,100 Weapon – Less than Lethal, and the two ever perplexing “Special Department Expenses” totaling $74,815.
I could go on about where’s the need for new light bars when our old ones do the job quite well, or how an open and honest sheriff’s department shouldn’t need to shred as many documents as it takes to justify such an expensive shredder, or even how an eight thousand less lethal weapon* is not good idea in a free society, but really it is the intention of the $63,315, and $11,500 special department expenses that truly scares the shit out of me. *(I believe less than lethal was a typo, or perhaps newspeak)
After pointing out to the Stupidvisors that the Agenda packet gave no details as to the specifics of the “special department expensive” they voted unanimously to approve the agenda Item. Being slightly north of center when it comes to logic, I was thinking “OK, the supes must know what it is for, because only an idiot would vote for something they had know idea what was.” Deciding to ask the supervisors I easily discovered the flaw in my logic – the supes are in fact idiots!
Not one could tell me what either of “special expenses” were. The two rookie supes Clif Clendenen and Mark Lovelace acted almost ashamed of their ineptitude, while Duffy (supervisor formally known as Geist), Neeley, and Smith pretended they knew what it was for the whole time, but now suffered amnesia. Duffy claimed something about $43,000 worth of ammunition, and couldn’t remember the rest. Neeley claimed it was itemized in the packet. You can look for yourself to see she was just blowing smoke out her ass. But, Smith not only didn’t have a clue, but insinuated that because I wouldn’t vote him shit sucker in a sewage plant he was somehow relieved of his obligations to me as my supervisor.
I never did find out what the money was for, but I suspect we would probably riot if we knew. Seeing how they slipped that “less lethal weapon” in the request, along with Duffy’s ammo slip, and the way that the 15 in $63,315 stands out against the 00 rounding up on the other items in the request, makes me think they have a particular $63,315 item they plan on purchasing.
I could be wrong, but I would hate for another death to find out I’m right.