So you people in Botetourt need to decide whether it's the proper role of government to have your paid employee therein to donate your hard-earned income to charity causes he deems worthy:
Botetourt County to match donations to Japan aidThe Red Cross part I understand. Paula and I have written our check.
By Duncan Adams, Roanoke Times
Botetourt County has a long-standing relationship with Japanese companies that have brought jobs and tax revenues. And that relationship has spurred county officials to offer a match for donations to support Japan's response to and recovery from the catastrophic combination of earthquake, tsunami and related nuclear reactor crises.
County Administrator Jerry Burgess said Wednesday that the county, drawing upon anticipated savings as the current fiscal year approaches its final months, is offering a match of up to a total of $10,000 for donations.
Checks should be made out to the American Red Cross and the memo line should designate the money for Japan earthquake/tsunami relief. [link]
I even understand the effort to encourage private donations beyond the norm.
But a local administrator deciding to give away taxpayer money because he thinks it's a good cause? What next? PITA? The NRA? The Arkansas Paranormal Research Association?
My suggestion? Roads, bridges, sewers, schools, man.
Is that too much to ask?