County Waste In The Spotlight

By Elisha Dorfsmith

AZ Daily Sun reporter Cyndy Cole may be leaving the Sun for greener pastures but not before writing one of the best investigative pieces I’ve ever seen published in the local paper.

Sunday’s front page print exclusive titled Charge It: Spending Heavy, Oversight Lax For Some Coconino County Supervisors shines a giant spotlight on the massive amount of waste and abuse by Coconino County officials with no oversight or consequences.

Supervisors are never turned down for any request to use taxpayer funds for ANY purpose. This includes “outreach” to build a “better relationship” with the public. $677 for promotional office pens. $942 for promotional bike bottles and notepads. $4,591 for a trip to DC. $409 at a restaurant. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The list goes on and on.

When County residents protested the County property tax hike a couple years ago, now retired supervisor Carl Taylor said that the County had cut below what is healthy and that one of the biggest costs was due to crime. He told attendees that if we wanted to cut County costs we should tell our friends and family to behave.

Such arrogance. In reality, it’s the County Supervisors who should learn how to behave. They have proven once again that they are little more than greedy parasites who believe they are entitled to live the good life at the expense of the taxpayer.

And why not? Most board members run unopposed election after election after election. With that kind of job security they are very comfortable laughing at the concerns of residents who show up to speak out at County board meetings.

The Daily Sun article is now available online and something that every Coconino County resident should check out.


  1. July 9, 2013 at 8:27 am


    July 18, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Time to vote these guys out.

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