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February 11, 2013
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Letter: Douglas County scholarship preps CFO

Our taxes pay CFO tuition?

I would like to comment on the front page article in The News-Review on Jan. 29, regarding the county’s involvement in higher education.

The county commissioners made a management decision to spend up to $40,000 on tuition and books to groom the county’s budget and tax supervisor to someday be the county’s chief financial officer. I have no doubt that she will work hard and will obtain the required credentials to become a qualified county CFO. She has a lot to look forward to; not many students have a job waiting for them when they complete their education. The CFO position currently pays $92,107 annually.

I question whether awarding a “scholarship” is within the scope of authority of county commissioners. Maybe there were others who would have liked a chance at this opportunity, not necessarily a county employee. And, as a county employee currently making $54,128 annually, I feel she could well afford to pay her own costs. Or at least half the cost as additional incentive, still with the agreement to work for the county at least five years.

Shirley McSperitt


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