Today the Board of Supervisors outlawed giving excess magisterial district funds to non-governmental entities and any governmental entities that receive appropriations directly from the Board of Supervisors. This is a victory for the taxpayers that has been very long in coming. Much thanks to Supervisor Peter Candland for leading the charge on this.
Supervisor Jenkins offered a series of amendments to Supervisor Candland’s motion that appear to have in part targeted Supervisor Candland for political payback by making it unlawful for Supervisor Candland to continue to employ his legislative aid, since that aid also worked on his election campaign. Until I see the actual language of the final motion it’s hard to tell if this was in fact the case, or whether there were other ways the board would punish Candland for standing up for the level of ethical behavior and fiscal responsibility that the board should have already been displaying.
When the final language of the adopted motion becomes available I’ll be posting it here, along with some analysis of what it all means.
UPDATE: The Washington Post describes Jenkins’ amendments as “tangential weirdness” that no one understood before they were voted on. My, with Borden and Jackman on the beat, I sure have to say that the WashPo is doing a heck of a lot better covering Prince William County politics than before.
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