Who is running Todd County?

To the editor: 

In May, the Todd County Commissioners acknowledged a violation of a statute requiring publishing notification for a special meeting. Simultaneously, the county administrator asked our county auditor to “fudge it.”

Our commissioners failed to address this violation of ethics. It leads me to ask what else is being fudged in Todd County?

Board chairmen were asked in 2011 and 2012 if the topics before the board had been reviewed by our elected county attorney. Their response along with the county administrator was they didn’t feel they needed to be reviewed.

Recently, the contract with the Todd County Historical Society was up for review. The county attorney reviewed the contract and had questions as to the proposed wording. The county administrator’s response was that he had contacted another law firm for another opinion. In checking with the county auditor, I learned taxpayers of Todd County spent nearly $100,000 in 2011 in legal fees and thus far in 2012 almost another $100,000 in legal fees.

It appears that four commissioners approve of the county administrator spending taxpayer money for outside legal advice whenever they don’t like the legal opinion of our elected county attorney. Do you think your elected commissioner is running Todd County or do you think the hired administrator is running our county?

Chairman Ruda stated restructuring the public health and social service agencies “wouldn’t cost us a thing.” Why then are they spending $1.2 million out of taxpayer reserve (to renovate their buildings)? At a levy hearing, the county administrator reported a long term budget shortfall of $1.3 million in 2014-2016. Why do four commissioners want to spend reserves when we have a shortfall coming?

If you want to know what is happening in your county call the IT Dept. at Todd County and obtain a CD. Listen to how your commissioner is functioning on your behalf. You will be surprised how it differs from the official minutes.

Steve Beck, Browerville