Cancelled - Transparency in Labor Contracts - Discussion
The task of trying to arrange for a presentation from the Freedom Foundation to give us perspective on potentially opening to the public negotiations with the nine unions representing county employees has been difficult. The plan allowed for balance by giving equal time for union participation, but several complexities, including working on a very tough 2018-2019 budget, have presented some special challenges.
While keeping the public apprised of how taxpayer money is spent is a good goal, the concept of transparency in government is not universally held or understood to be beneficial to all. This lack of appreciation for transparency may be largely attributed to the fact that it has not been the customary process in the past.
Given the many challenges currently facing our county government, I believe it is best to drop this and concentrate on budget priorities; therefore, this event is cancelled.