Self-appointed “watchdog” Dave Lieber of the Dallas Morning News ignorantly slanders Rockwall County elected officials (elected means we chose them, Dave).
In a Dallas News opinion posting disguised as ‘news’, Dave Lieber compares our county to Dallas County. If you know nothing about Dallas County, his rant may seem reasonable.
The Dallas Morning News 10/10/2019 | Rockwall County commissioners voted themselves a pay raise so large I call it unarmed robbery
He began his opinion piece, asking, “Why did the smallest Texas county – Rockwall – award some of the biggest pay raises to top leaders?“
Answer: We want the very best people in our local governments.
First, with respect to resources, Rockwall County ranks 6th in terms of per capita wealth. Dallas ranks down the list at 37th. We can afford the very best people.
Second, the entire process of research, a citizens committee, public notices, public meetings and public discussions, (we call it ‘due process’) is how we came to the numbers.
Third, perspective: Mr. Lieber needs one based on facts and proportionality.
Fourth, the pie chart of my own October 2019 tax bill reveals that County tax is the smallest component of the entire tax ‘pie’.
Rockwall ISD has the best of the best with respect to staffing. And, RISD pays well to get them. When a position opens, the administration has its ‘pick of the litter’.
We want and need the ability to attract and retain the best of the best staffing in Rockwall County where nominally 77% of all inmates in our jail do not reside in our county. Most live in Dallas County but come out here to do their ‘thing’.
Unlike the City of Dallas where most crimes are ignored, we do not ignore crimes against persons in our county. That’s why we also passed a $50 million bond to expand our jail.
Attacking our elected officeholders while ignoring the mess in his own backyard is simply hypocrisy. A watchdog, indeed.
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”Benjamin Franklin