IS JOE HARN BUYING VOTES AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE?
Was Joe Harn courting votes from the paramedic firefighters when he told the Board of Supervisors to give the ambulance providers all the funds they were asking for? Joe Harn is an elected official, the County Auditor. Mr. Harn told the Board this in the face of a contrary recommendation by the county administration.
The administration had fully analyzed the fiscal needs of the ambulance service and had concluded that the ambulance providers were requesting substantially more funds than were actually needed. Joe Harn’s telling the Board to give the ambulance providers what they are asking for was both irresponsible and inappropriate. Perhaps he thought it would buy him votes in the next election.
The funding level of the ambulance service is a policy decision of Board of Supervisors, not Joe Harn. Joe Harn had no business of sticking his nose into this matter. Only if there were insufficient funds should he have involved himself. It’s time for Joe to go.
Curt Weidmer, Former Member of Board of Directors, EDC Fire Protection District