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Honey, I bought a $50,000 BMW and saved money by not buying a $100,000 Porsche

By Tom West
Posted Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - George Lucier claims that he has reduced the county budget every year while in office.

However, our county spending has increased at six times the rate of our population growth. How is that possible?

Well it's easy when you start out with an inflated initial proposed budget (that you claim you had nothing to do with) that you "reduce" before approving.

See the Chatham Online bulletin board thread here

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners adjusted or eliminated several county budget items to lower the property tax increase to 3.6 cents, which is 35% less than the 5.5 cents the proposed budget had recommended. The adopted tax rate for 2008-09 will be 65.3 cents per $100 of property valuation.

The county press release screams "budget increase reduced by 35%", while the truth that hits Chatham County residents in the pocketbook is that "Chatham property taxes increased by 6%"

George is like the guy who comes home and tells his wife he just bought a $50,000 BMW.

His wife is upset because the family budget can only afford a $25,000 Chevy. "Now George, you know we can't afford a BMW."

But George tells her, "Don't worry honey, it's okay. I was going to buy a $100,000 Porsche. But by buying the $50,000 BMW I saved us $50,000. Aren't I a great finance guy?"

George's wife tells him "You may be a scientist, but you are definitely is not a finance guy. Now you go and return that BMW right now. And give me the checkbook. I just can't trust you with that thing. Do you think that money just grows on trees?

She makes George take the expensive car that the family can not afford back to the dealership.

Like George's wife, we, the citizens of Chatham County, cannot have George Lucier and his fellow candidates Vanderbeck and Thompson handling our county finances.

However, on Tuesday, we can take the checkbook away from George and have him return home to spend more time with his wife and family.

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