Tuesday’s agenda: BCC asked to reduce public participation, transparency

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “NOTE TO COMMISSIONERS:  Continued attempts to reduce or restrict participation by residents in local government proceedings further erodes citizens’ already low level of trust in staff and elected representatives … Click here to read more

Board of County Commissioners September 26: Time for fiscal reality check

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is sorely in need of a fiscal reality check at Tuesday’s meeting, which features a final round of budget hearings that to date have consisted of unrestrained spending. Despite the crushing defeat of the sales tax surcharge … Click here to read more

ACTION ALERT: BCC’s chance to fix flawed septic amendment

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission has an opportunity on Tuesday to fix serious problems with the septic/sewer amendment to the Comprehensive Plan that was previously transmitted to state reviewers with changes that were not reviewed or approved by the Board. The amendment should not be approved without further discussion … Click here to read more

Vote ‘NO’ on August 29: The must-read Martin County sales tax primer – ‘Don’t be fooled…’

Provided by Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, this essential, must-read primer on the Martin County Sales Tax Referendum is a real eye-opener: “The proposed sales tax hike is not one cent. DO THE MATH: The proposed hike from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar is a 17% increase … Click here to read more

BCC: Still no cuts in sight, just more spending

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Any hope that Martin County Commissioners will spend tax dollars wisely if a 1% sales surtax is approved at the end of the month is dashed in Tuesday’s meeting agenda. Unless five big-spending items are pulled from the Consent Agenda, the Commission will approve more than $3 million in expenditures without public discussion … Click here to read more

Taxpayers mocked, insulted, soaked by BCC

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission will vote Tuesday to spend taxpayer dollars to try to persuade taxpayers to agree to increase taxes to allow Commissioners to spend still more tax dollars. An item on the Consent Agenda (Item 4B2) authorizes staff to spend $10,000.00 in tax dollars to provide ‘educational’ (translation: ‘promotional’) materials for the August 29 sales tax surcharge referendum. … Click here to read more

BREAKING: No help for animals from Martin County BCC

Reporting from today’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor Ginny Sherlock: “…Commissioners Sarah Heard and Ed Fielding tried to persuade their colleagues that this is an important contract that should be properly negotiated. But none of the other commissioners or staff demonstrated any interest in Martin County animals or acknowledged our responsibility to protect them … Click here to read more

Must-read: No belt-tightening for Martin County, Commissioners begin budget hearings today

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “MC Commissioners begin budget hearings at 9:00 a.m. today. As Ronald Reagan famously said: ‘We could say the government spends like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to the drunken sailors, because the sailors are spending their own money.’ … Click here to read more

The must-read Martin County sales tax primer: ‘Don’t be fooled…’

Provided by Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor, this essential, must-read primer on the Martin County Sales Tax Referendum is a real eye-opener: “The proposed sales tax hike is not one cent. DO THE MATH: The proposed hike from 6 cents to 7 cents on the dollar is a 17% increase … Click here to read more

BCC spending frenzy on tap for Tuesday, June 13

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Martin County Commission is being asked on Tuesday to turn taxpayers upside down and shake them until their pockets are totally empty. Commissioners will review a proposed ordinance implementing a 1% local sales tax increase to raise millions of dollars to be spent on whatever pet projects Commissioners choose … Click here to read more

Tuesday’s BCC: Fool me once . . .

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Martin County Commissioners will be asked on Tuesday to approve language for a proposed one percent sales tax surcharge that is designed to trick voters into approving more taxes for new government facilities while existing infrastructure continues to crumble. Voters have been fooled in the past … Click here to read more