Supervisors show disinterest in voters’ opinions

Published 11:46 pm Monday, September 11, 2017

Adams County supervisors last week proved how collectively disinterested they are in listening to the will of the very people they swear an oath to represent or to considering how local government might be more progressive.

Supervisors opted to take no action on a proposal by a local citizen to consider putting nonbinding questions on the county’s special election ballot in November.

The questions related to support for, or opposition to, potentially consolidating government services between the City of Natchez and Adams County.

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The questions would have simply been a way to gauge public sentiment on the matter quickly. It would have harmed no one.

County supervisors, who were adamant they would not touch the matter, must simply be protecting their cohorts in the city government.

If the city and county were ever to be merged, the city government would likely be dissolved since Mississippi law is heavily intertwined with county government.

One supervisor went so far as to try and walk out of the meeting rather than simply discuss the matter.

The excuses given for not considering it — voter confusion, not enough time to consider the questions, that city-county government works as is — are thin at best.

Those excuses discredit the intelligence of county voters.

In the next county election, we hope voters will show their intelligence and choose representatives who will listen to voters and consider some out-of-the-box thinking.

Maybe then, we can move our community past the status quo, good-old-boy system and into a smaller, more efficient government.