A Guest Editorial
Written by Alan Ward -Boise County Commissioner
Every week I cringe as I pick up the latest copy of the Idaho world and wonder what misconception I will have to deal with that week. Last week’s edition was another doozy. Mr. Gasiorowski’s letter indicates the commissioners had increased their wages by 19%. The real truth is the commissioners did not increase their salaries at all and the $30,900 that we do receive in salary is dead on the mark for commissioners wages in the county of our size. Thank goodness there are some benefits that go with the position, insurance, minor reimbursements, and things of that nature. As salaried elected officials we are exempt from vacation pay and sick leave. The question is why would Mr. Gasiorowski so willingly mislead the public again, and I do mean again. Last spring during the primary election Mr. Gasiorowski repeatedly was dishonest with the public. Several times I asked him to stop misleading people and gave him the information that he needed so he could know the truth. Voters beware!! In a second letter to the editor Jane Reed complains about how the county has managed its 2017 budget she encourages us to lay off people and cut salaries and benefits to do less and be less efficient. I’m proud of the people that work for Boise County and for the most part they are sincere hard-working people continually trying to do what’s best for the people we serve. I wonder if Mrs. Reed is proud of the deterioration of vehicles and buildings allowed by previous administrations. This current body of commissioners is vested in fixing these damaged properties and committed to taking better care of the taxpayers property. Why doesn’t Mrs. Reed run for Commissioner or clerk if she has such extensive knowledge and leadership skills?