There was very little work done on the "real county budget" during the commissioners' announced Budget Workshop tonight (Thursday 5:00/7:00 pm).
In less than a few minutes, county manager Bobby Outten told the commissioners that "we have the next year's budget covered", "just trust us". The remaining of the two hour meeting was dedicated to the commissioners, with the help of Outten, laying the groundwork for how they will tell the public tomorrow that they can't cut the budget, but want to raise county sales taxes to help fund the dredging of Oregon Inlet.
The standing room crowd, consisting of department heads and special business interests from around the county, had to sit in a small conference room, because the commissioners refused to utilize their $2+ million board room. So the crowd breathed stale air for two hours, while, Commissioner Allen Burrus, who rarely attends any meetings these days, told jokes and the rest of the board yelled "No!" and"Hell No!" to any proposed cuts they could make in spending in order to raise the $3.7 million they committed to the inlet at the last meeting.
So, Dare taxpayers, if the board of commissioners gets their way, they will soon be digging into your pockets, pulling out pennies/dollars, because they don't have the intestinal fortitude to look for and/or cut waste from the county budget. And, the beat goes on in Dare County.