If Brentsville Supervisor Wally Covington lavishing $100,000 of county taxpayer money on a private charity wasn’t bad enough, we now learn that Covington’s wife sits on the board of directors of this charity. Are you kidding me?
I’m sure this therapeutic equestrian center is a great thing, worthy of your support. I’m certain they do great things for kids who could desperately use some great things happening to them. That’s not the issue here.
If county government is so flush with cash that they have an extra six figures laying around they don’t need, why the hell did we have a tax raise this year? Why the heck is local government forcing us to pony up money under force of law that it apparently doesn’t need to fund government operations? The answer here is actually pretty simple, and depressingly so.
Each supervisor is given a political slush fund, transparently referred to as “magisterial district discretionary funds” that are used as little more than a convenient way to dole out cash to supporters, to buy political support, or to (in this case) divert chunks of public money to friends and family. Disregard the supposed purpose of these funds, and simply look at how they’re actually used in many, if not most cases — to finance public corruption.
This budget season, if these “discretionary funds” remain, there’s going to be hell to pay. And by the way, all of you who voted for Wally Covington in the primary this summer, I offer my congratulations to you for re-electing a crook.
UPDATE: Covington has withdrawn his request amidst the scrutiny from a number of blogs which was picked up by the News & Messenger. Apparently the principle involved in this for him wasn’t worth fighting for.
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