As Commissioner Brad Osborne reminded his colleagues, the original bill to approve the grants was introduced on Nov. 20 by a commissioners’ committee, with a unanimous recommendation for approval, but tabled on Dec. 12 and deferred on Dec. 19 and Jan. 9.
“Our behavior as a board has been disrespectful — if not disingenuous — to our community leaders and our community partners,” charged Osborne. “We’ve lost credibility in the eyes of the people we were elected to represent.”
The issue was hotly debated because the $1.06 million to fund the six projects is in the county’s 2013 budget, but fiscally conservative commissioners did not want to spend it.
Now the plan is to temporarily tap that county Green Future Fund money as the municipalities need it, but then replace it as more state money comes in from Marcellus shale fees.