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8 Thursday, September i !, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Under the drumroll of the school bond issue Expect the drumbeat to only get louder and more frantic as the school board, the Pahrump Town Board, the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) and the Nye County Commission join forces to begin the long process of driving it into your heads the absolute neces- sity of the Nye County citizens to vote themselves a tax increase and pass a school bond issue to provide funding for new school construction in the Pahrump area. This cacophony of sound and voice will be indispens- able in order to inundate the mind and drown from your consciousness any fleeting thoughts you may have about the fact that Nye County has had the necessary and prerequisite funds, many times over, right in the palm of its hand in the recent past before being recklessly and wantonly squandered by actions taken and not taken by Nye County Administrative staff combined with the ad- THIS MAN'S OPINION] by Brent Mathewson vice, consent and approval of the Nye County Commission. The untold multiple millions of dol- lars that were flushed down the toilet SUBSCRIPTION FORM yes!l want to subscribe to the Pahrump Valley Gazette My payment is enclosed. $25 for 52 weeks (mail deliveries West of Mississippi) $30 for 52 weeks (mail deliveries East of Mississippi) $35 for 52 weeks (outside of continental USA) Name .Address city Zip Phone state Clip and mail this to: Pahruw@ Valley Gazette P.O. Box 97795, Las Vegas, NV 89193 because of the manner in which the Nye County Commission allowed the Nye Regional Medial Center (NRMC) in Tonopah to be run, year af- ter monotonous year, is only indicative of the waste that permeates the fiscal policies of how Nye County is run as a whole. In the months right before the state of Nevada took over financial control of NRMC, the floodgates of waste were opened, so wide that this hospital was losing in excess of $200,000 per month. The County was lit- erally teetering on the very edge of bankruptcy. It is by no means a coin- cidence that from the very day the state took control of this hospital, not one red cent of unbudgeted county funds have been expended to keep its doors open. in fact, the hospital is not only running in the black but is slowly building a cash re- serve. The exact fiscal policies that drove NRMC to the brink of ruin are rampant in Nye County. They begin at the top, where not only the Nye County Manager, Les Bradshaw, but alsohis spe- cial assistant, Rachel Nicolson, drag down six figure salaries that are well in excess of the governor of the state. Millions are spent on high priced consultants to advise top level county person- nel on mundane matters. Service contracts are purchased as a matter of course that are so expensive, that if the equipment involved broke down completely and had to be junked in one quarter of its expected life-span, it would be cheaper than buying the contract. Twice a month, each and every month, month after month, ad nauseam, these things go on. The latest Nye County Commission meeting that took place on Septem- ber 2, is as good an example as any. On that date the commission agreed to pay a consultant fee or $145 and hour- expected to exceed $12,000 in total- to advise the county as to why its newly installed 911 system doesn't work as advertised. The consultant firm hired to do this job, the Warner Group, is the same company that provide and installed the equipment in the first place. At the same September 2 meeting the Commission approved an expenditure, without going to bid, of $23,068 for some plumbing equipment for the Pahrump jail. Any semi-competent high school student could purchase the equipment involved for less than the approved expendi- ture by spending fifteen minutes on a phone and fax machine. For those who doubt that statement, you can easily prove it to yourself. The purchase includes 44 sloan values at $95 each, 12 combo units manufactured by Acorn- part number 1418-CT-2-BP-3 at $998 each and 8 shower units, again from Acorn, part number 1941- 3-6x-RA- 1-25 at $364 each. The remaining $4,000 of the approved expense is for miscellaneous piping and mate- rials. The coup de grace at the September 2 meeting was an approval to spend $8,000 to install a grease trap at the Senior Center in Amargosa Valley. One has to wonder whether the commissioners think they're spending pesos or U.S. greenback dollars. The point I am trying to make is that there is no end to it. The mind-set of present people at the highest level of Nye County Government, and knowingly or unknow- ingly the commission as a whole, is to expend as much and more, than they have at their disposal. In the final analysis it doesn't really matter whether these excessive expenditures of taxpayer money are being made because of gross laziness and incompetence of the people in- volved, or because someone - or group of people - are getting a kickback. In the first instance people should be fired or removed from office and in the second instance some prison time would be in order. The bottom line is that the Nye County taxpayer is getting royally screwed. With the combination of Payment Equal to Taxes (PETT) Fund monies coming into this county and the blessing of net proceeds taxes available to us from some of the largest gold mine operations in the world, sitting not only on our doorstep but in our treasury, Nye County should and could be one of the richest counties in the United States of America. Incredulously we may yet go bankrupt instead. People at the state level of government from the Nevada Department of Taxation, are looking seriously into this possibility at the present time. Because of this state of affairs, if the voters were to approve" a school bond issue at this time, or in the foreseeable future, the entities that would invest in such a bond would demand some of the highest interest rates allowable by law. How much interest would you require before considering a loan to a person on the verge of bankruptcy? 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