Reader questions practices of local government
Jun 18, 2014 | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor:

On Monday June 16, I addressed the members of Trigg County Fiscal Court. As a citizen, I believe in a Democracy, the principle of accountability holds that government officials – whether elected or appointed by those who have been elected – are responsible to the citizenry for their decisions and actions.

So true this is in the government of the City of Cadiz and the County of Trigg. In recent weeks, I have brought forward issues that should concern every taxpayer and citizen of this community.

My first concern is a loan payoff to the Bank of Cadiz– a loan created by the EDC for a line of credit used for a local business in this community. Open records requests show no legislative process in the form of ordinances, executive orders or letters of agreement. Therefore, the city or the county had no legal obligation to pay this debt – a situation that creates an appearance of impropriety, backroom decisions and cronyism. Since there is no adequate accountability of how the money was actually spent, I asked the city council and members of fiscal court to join with me in requesting the Kentucky State Auditor to explore this situation. Now, I am you the citizens of this community to express your concerns. Please call Jim Bondurant at 502-564-5841 and refer to case 5X4AS8Vh.

In a second concern, I asked Magistrate Jon Goodwin on the status of his open records request in February that focused on the financial condition of Trigg County Hospital. In recent months, there has been a revolving door of resignations, financial problems and inept actions of the hospital board of directors. I believe in the hospital and the need of this community of 14,000, so I ask this community to join with me and petition the Kentucky State Auditor to explore the hospital current financial practices by calling Jim Bondurant at 502-564-5841 and refer to case # 5X4AS8Vh.

I have spoken to many hospital employees, and they fear reprisal if they question current practices. My intent is to hold the board accountable – even if I remain the lone wolf crying in the wilderness – as in the city/county request for audit. The truth will set us free.

Dan Clemons, Cadiz
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