Let’s blame Jim Carns for our occupational tax disaster.
Or how about other local House members who voted to pull the tax bill– Reps. Mary Sue McClurkin, Mary Moore, Arthur Payne, or Elwyn Thomas.
Well, while we’re at it, let’s attack Scott Beason—he’s the State Senator who killed the occupational tax last time it was proposed.
Now our County Commissioners must plan to cut millions of additional dollars from the fiscal 2012 general fund budget and that budget is drastically underfunded.
What a mess!
Who do we blame?
Well, quite frankly, it’s none of the folks mentioned above.
We should blame ourselves. It is our own fault.
We are the stupid fools that allow our state constitution to dictate that state legislators and not our County Commissioners have the authority to manage our county.
This post is not for or against the occupational tax.
This post is about dimwitted government structure.
How can we hold our Jefferson County Commissioners accountable if we don’t give them the authority or power to manage?
I know many of the aforementioned legislators. They are nice decent folks. They feel they are doing what their constituents want. But why should constituents in pockets of our county make decisions for the entire county?
Whatever happened to majority rules?
Our state constitution doesn’t allow home rule.
For those of you who don’t know—this is not the norm.
This is why our county is dysfunctional and we look so goofy!
David Sher’s goal is to create a conversation on how to fix our fragmented and dysfunctional local government.
David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Content Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).