Resident Calls for County to be Run as a ‘Meritocracy’

$6 Million Marion Budget Receives Little Notice at First Hearing

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

The first public hearing on the 2019-2020 Marion County $6 million budget drew only one speaker Tuesday. Bruce Ockrassa called on county commissioners to “run the county as a meritocracy.” Ockrassa said he was “embarrassed” by how little law enforcement officers who “put their rear ends on the line” were paid, but objected to the blanket $300 raise for all county employees.

“We’ve got the sheep in with the goats,” Ockrassa said. Ockrassa also complained county roads were “becoming worse” hurting property values. “The roads have gone from poorly maintained asphalt to poorly maintained gravel,” the resident declared.

Ockrassa asked commissioners to examine each line item in the budget and ask… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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