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6 TUESDAY, AUGUST 57 THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 2008 Viewpoints Cal Gtl Letters )) We need better answers from county officials The announcement of the re- tirement of Messrs. Dukes and "company" illustrated some very interesting facts related to their legacy that are quite disturbing. These facts inustmte fiscal man- agement that makes one wonder what is the true fiscal fiduciary re- sponsibility of our elected offi- cials. The facts presented in the aforementioned article indicated that during the 10-year period be- tween 1988 and 2008, 450 employ- ees were added to the county budget; that's a 300 percent in- crease. Compare that to the coun- ty's population increase in the 15- year period between 1990 and 2005 of 55.4 percent. And, add in the increase in the county's budg- et from 1989 to 2009 of $130 mil- lion, or 535 percent. Between 1990 and 2005 the average population increase equated to 3.7 percent. Applying this average to estimate 1989's population gives us an aver- age cost per resident to rtm our county of $109.89. This balloons to $697.96 per resident in 2009. I'm sorry, but that is over a 500 percent increase in 10 years. And remember, our fire departments are made up of dedicated "volun- teers." And our sewer systems help our seniors and empty nesters with rates based on lot frontage. According to the county, their 2005 budget was $51.8 million; or $294.51 per resident. That is a 168 percent increase over 10 years and now we are looking at a 137 per- cent increase in four years, 2005 to 2009. What is wrong with this picture? Oh, but wait, these gen- tlemen were able to balance the county budget every year and maintain a healthy surplus and not raise taxes. Shame on me for criticizing these dedicated public servants who have the daunting responsibility of spending other people's money. After all, our less congested, less polluted, more af- fordable housing county, and the "increase in employers with high- er paying jobs:' has made us so much better off than we were in 1995. I hope we will ask better questions and get better answers - from the new slate of county council candidates. Ug Dewey Beach editorial was way off base I'd like to highlight a number of inaccuracies in the editorial, "Dewey Should Be Negotiating, Not Hiring Lawyers" (July 18). For starters, the developers have threatened to sue the town re- peatedly since becoming involved with purchasing property in town, at each step along the way, when not immediately getting their way. Continued on page 7 We finally know what a "forested buffer" is now that Sussex County passed this amendmen / You mean it isn't a drainage pond? Fleck nol It's got trees in itl 1 Editorial )) In Rehobot|, maintain the balance R ehoboth's voters go to the polls this - Saturday to conclude a vigorous cam- paign. From this vantage point, this dynamic community would best be served by the re-election of Sam Cooper as mayor and Dennis Barbour and Ron Paterson as commissioners. Cooper has served as the city's top elected official for nearly two decades. His quiet style of competent leader- ship has helped make Rehoboth a popular, pro- gressive resort with a thriving commercial dis- trict. The district is surrounded by pleasant neighborhoods filled with well-maintained res- idential properties appreciating in value. The Cooper administration includes a dedicated and effective city manager, a respected chief of police, a committed and capable public works director and a staff of employees who take great pride in keeping their city functioning well. Coopers fiscal conservativism has the city in solid financial shape and he is passion- ate about preserving the best of Rehoboth whether it's the scale of homes, the tree canopy that shade those homes or the school and its open space. Challenger Paul Kuhns retains a position on the commission whether or not he wins his mayoral bid. After only a partial first term in office, he hasn't created a persuasive ar- gument that he should replace the seasoned and effective Cooper. Should Kuhus win, he and those who support him would select a re- placement of their own thinking, thus eroding some of the balance that currendy exists. Bar- bour brings an outspoken and progressive atti- tude to his post. He shepherded the tree ordi- nance into law. He continues to fine-tune the law that places Rehoboth in the forefront of tree protection. He championed the floor-to- area lot coverage law to help ensure reasonable scale and worked on modifications to make it more flexible. He also understands that more transportation alternatives, not more parking, are needed to make Rehoboth more accessible. Paterson represents years of planning commis- sion experience prior to this first term of office. He knows the city and its laws and brings level- headed and independent thinking. He enthusi- astically invests countless hours at City Hall and on the streets, whethersocializing or driv- ing the state buses along Rehoboth Avenue. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Fomey, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor, Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor, and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) BERNADETTE HEARN PHOTO TWO GRASSHOPPERS perch on the flower of a purple sedum bush on a warm, sunny August afternoon near Lewes. Web Poll )) Rehoboth elections ad confusing Does the ad on page 77 of Friday's paper support Kuhns or Cooper? Cooper Kuhns 35% Not sure 35% The total votes counted were 37. To partici- pate in the current web poll, visit www.CapeGazette.corn. Cape Gazette Volume 16 No. 22 Publisher, Dennis Forney, ExL 303 dnf@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Oce Mgr., Kethy Emary, ExL 3OS kemery@capegazette.com Assoc. Editor, Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext.-304 fredman@capezetta.com News Editor, um Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellings,th, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com NtWS Steve Hoenigrnann, Ext. 321 steveh@capegazette.corn I-ler Evans, Ext. 336 hevans@capegazette.corn Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.corn Georgia Leonhart georgia@capegazette.com Rn Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kevin Sponce, Ext. 339 kspence@capegazette.com Leah Hoenen, Ext. 338 leah@cadegazette.com Janet Andmlczyk, Ext. 316 Edit. 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