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Press: The Cost Of Confidence

Here's a budget question for Coeur d'Alene officials: How much is the public's confidence worth? This question isn't aimed at any of myriad political targets. It's a question that addresses the bottom line not just of city finances, but of taxpayers' peace of mind in light of the theft of $365,000 of their money. Since discovery of the embezzlement from a longtime Finance Department employee over more than half a dozen years, city officials have acted appropriately and as openly as they could about the crime. Perhaps there is more they could do to instill taxpayer confidence in their stewardship, but let's retrace what's happened so far/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Have city officials done enough in addressing the $365,000 embezzlement by a former employee to restore your confidence in them?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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