Letter: Evan Parrott, Ashburn

Editor: I suppose we taxpayers of Loudoun County were naive to expect to read a follow-on to last week’s Loudoun Now story about an unexpected shortfall in county revenues from “data center” operations.

I, for one, expected (hoped, actually) to read about the Board of Supervisors directing all departments to conduct an intensive search for projects and programs to cut, postpone, delay or even eliminate, and provide a list of recommendations to the board for review—with public input encouraged. That’s what responsible stewards of corporate or public resources typically do when faced with financial or budget realities.

Instead, we were treated to a front-page story about one of the more extravagant—and costly—projects currently underway in the county: “Highway Renaming Panel Narrows Options.”

I would expect to see that particular project high on a list of recommended cuts, along with such frivolous projects as the contracted half-million dollar “study” of the merits of a police department vs. a sheriff’s office for Loudoun County (a “study” that is a clear case of fraud, waste and abuse, in my mind). I am sure there are many other “pet projects” that qualify for honest scrutiny at this time of revenue shortfalls.

I challenge the board to meet the revenue shortfall by conducting an honest evaluation of all county expenditures and determine which ones are vital, essential, nice-to-have, postpone, or eliminate. Mr. Hemstreet’s annual assessment is not the answer for poor governance.

Evan Parrott, Ashburn

3 thoughts on “Letter: Evan Parrott, Ashburn

  • 2021-08-25 at 7:44 pm
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    The writer’s expectations that projects and programs would be cut is cute. I got a smile and a chuckle from that. THANKS

  • 2021-08-26 at 1:36 pm
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    When will the government spending madness stop?

    • 2021-08-26 at 4:25 pm
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      Never, ever, ever. Government doesn’t care about us. Government doesn’t care about the extreme negative impacts on regular people via the adding on of zeros as monitory policy. It doesn’t care about inflation. Government doesn’t pay anything. We do.

      Government doesn’t care if you’re a D or an R or whatever; we’re just chumps to mug in an ally a couple of times a year. If you think you’re in the club, you’re really not. When the pie gets smaller, those on top will sell you to the wolves to protect themselves. Sound and equal public policy has been in decline for 40 years, hell, maybe 70.

      The sooner folks recognize this fact, the better. Treat politicians with the very same disdain they show for us.

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