Is rec director hire a bit premature?

Published 12:46am Thursday, February 7, 2013

Adams County’s decision to set aside money to hire a recreation director is perplexing.

Earlier this week county supervisors voted to set aside $45,000 — presumably to be combined with $15,000, health benefits and a vehicle from the City of Natchez — to hire a new consolidated countywide recreation director.

On one hand, we’re happy that someone is finally moving on improving recreation in Natchez-Adams County.

Adams County voters overwhelmingly supported the idea of creating a new city-county recreation facility in 2009 during a lopsided vote for a non-binding referendum on the matter.

On the other hand, should taxpayers hire someone to manage something that mostly doesn’t exist at the moment?

Although the City of Natchez, Adams County and the Natchez-Adams School District have discussed working together to create a new, state-of-the-art recreation complex, have they ever fully committed to do it?

We suppose it’s not absolutely necessary to have all of the details worked out prior to hiring someone, but shouldn’t we get a firm commitment to work together and fund the complex first?

Hiring the director before we know what that person will direct may be a bit like a woman who wants to get married, purchasing her own engagement ring so she’ll be ready when she finds Mr. Right.




  • Anonymous

    No. You should first get a grip on how they arrived at the “costs”, including annual O&M. THEN you decide how to fund it.

  • Anonymous

    This ring is going to wind up in the taxpayers noses!

  • Anonymous

    Right off hand it sounds like they are in a hurry to give somebody’s brother a job. :)

  • khakirat

    This is no way to do business but this is the NATCHEZ WAY with pressure from the moneybags of Natchez and yes they have their position with a yes person to fill it! This salary to start off is way above average with benefits and automobile is way out of line when its above salaries judges, firechief, and other positions of Adams county. Yea, they have the cart ahead of the horse but look at who is leading the charge for they con’t care how much they spend for it will be up to the taxpayers ( property owners) to pay is where the taxpayer has no one to represent them as a lobbyist (to be at all BOS meeting) to hold the taxes down!!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    How is an almost 4 year old non-binding referendum valid? for anything? THIS IDEA WAS NEVER ACTED UPON and therefore has literally “died on the vine”. That referendum is dead.
    You want to make this Recreation complex goal valid again? Then have another referendum stating the current criteria (That the voters are willing to have their taxes raised to build and maintain this complex). Oh, but that will never pass? Well, without a major private donation, that’s what it’s going to take.
    Without a binding referendum to define the voters desire, you do not continue this folly, you do not hire a director, you do not waste this money.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, Screwshow. Get all the facts together, all the cost estimates-including operating and maintainance- and put it ALL IN FRONT of the citizens, again. Then let’s vote on this thing. But I do not want our area taxpayers to be saddled with something until we know everything there is to know about it, and where the money is going to come from, and whether there will be additional taxes levied. LET US DECIDE !!! It is OUR money!

  • Anonymous

    Just call up Mr Tate and ask him for a copy of the study that was done that lists projected costs, employees, pros and cons, etc. for this fiasco.
    Basically is says that Natchez should hope to only get minor attention from the big boys that run these sports complex programs.