Cleburne County public servants touted that they had obtained funding for a “multi-million-dollar Cleburne County facility” that will house a Jacksonville State wing and county offices. I was very surprised that $2.2 million of the funding came from the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.
There is no conceivable way that $2.2 million is needed to build a facility for a chemical stockpile that will no longer be in existence by the time the building is built. Why not return the $2.2 million to the taxpayers instead of squandering it on a building that is neither needed nor warranted?
I understood CSEPP funds were to be used to protect communities from the potential hazards associated with the chemical stockpiles. Since the stockpile will be destroyed this summer, I, as a taxpayer, demand an investigation as to how taxpayers’ funds could be squandered or misappropriated for something other than intended.
My concerns regarding this matter were reinforced in The Star’s April 8 article (“Some residents oppose new county offices”). This article relates how taxpayers’ funds had been used for the past 20 years to pay for a Cleburne County debt. The debt has been paid and now officials plan to use the taxpayers’ funds to pay for a portion of the new Cleburne County facility. Did they ask their Cleburne County constituents for approval? Why not reduce taxpayers’ burden instead of building a multi-million-dollar facility that is not needed?
Taxpayers have paid enough. We’ve funded CSEPP facilities that are not used. We’ve paid for trailers, ventilation systems, sirens, radios, plastic and duct tape and other equipment that have been misused or not used at all. I’m tired of our federal, state and local governments wasting money, and I want it to stop now.
Asa C. Jones