Monday, January 13, 2014
Ever wonder why the City of Brownsville insists on exporting its assets to vendors and providers from out of town when there are people who can do the job just as well who live here, pay taxes here and do their shopping here?
That's what came to mind this weekend when we visited the City Central Library and saw that a Harlingen company had been hired to do some glass work at the main facility. Unless they're getting a cut-rate price from that company, why not shop locally?
We remember some time back when there was some road resurfacing being done by the Old City Cemetery and we heard some markedly southern accents among the work crew. When we inquired, we found out that they had come all the way from Hope, Arkansas to do the work. Surely there were local companies and workers who could do a simple patching of the notoriously bad streets characteristic of this town.
The same goes for a whole lot of other public work projects that are being done here. It seems that we would rather give the work to someone from the outside than to hire our own people. A loose tongue suggested that since the Public Information Director – who is over the library system – was Jerry Hedgecock, who coincidentally lives in Harlingen, that might be one of the reasons that the Harlingen company was picked.
We hesitate to believe that, but will take it with a grain of salt.
Still, it is discouraging to think that many of our directors and department heads – including a handful of executives at the Public Utility Board – don't call Brownsville their home, but ride in every day, pick us clean, and then go home. Perhaps a residency requirement is necessary for municipal employees. Otherwise, get used to taxpayer money continuing to hemorrhage out of the city.
Posted by jmon at 12:38 PM