We the people of Livingston County are neglecting our solemn civic duty to provide requisite public oversight of our county government.
Our county board is generally failing to encourage and facilitate requisite ongoing inclusive public informed consent to what it says it is trying to do and what it actually does.
This informed consent is the essential distinguishing characteristic of our precious system of popular sovereign self-governance of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Fortunately, we still have a very real opportunity to turn things around here and now. But we must overcome the skepticism and inertia, which we have internalized as bad habits.
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Our county government senior staff are more than capable. All we need is for we citizens and each of our 24 elected county board members to rise to the occasion and embrace this opportunity together.
We must insist upon ongoing timely, accessible public reporting that is competent, understandable, and engaging enough to ensure the inclusive critical scrutiny, enlightening dialogue, and timely influence which are needed to accomplish, sustain, and extend requisite informed consent.
Let’s begin by focusing upon our county board’s approach to legally adopting the Fiscal Year 2020 budget and planning the scope of the annual external CPA audit.
Dick Haas, Pontiac