SALISBURY, MD – We are constantly told that Salisbury city government is unique because of its ineptitude. Really?
Let’s go a few hours south to the city of Chesapeake, VA. In this sprawling city almost ten times larger than Salisbury, the Virginian-Pilot has been examining the cost overruns at a newly constructed jail. City Council was never notified until AFTER the money had been expended.
The reasoning being this abuse of the taxpayer? The city manager and his staff didn’t have a “mechanism” to adequately inform council. Ever heard of email?
No, the problem doesn’t lie with Salisbury. The problem lies with a seemingly lazy press in the Once Free State. I may not like the editorial policies of papers like the Virginian-Pilot, the Daily Press, or the Richmond Times-Dispatch, but they report the news. In Salisbury the press stayed silent while their pals in city government handed out millions in developer reimbursements and approved every cost overrun on the WWTP. Yet, Mayor Barrie Tilghman and council members like Mike Dunn, Gary Comegys, and Lynn Cathcart were held up by the press as paragons of virtue.
Who are the bad guys? People like Joe Albero for reporting this information; and elected officials like Debbie Campbell because they dared to ask questions.
Shame on them. I guess the people of Salisbury would prefer a system like Chesapeake’s.