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Mary: A Ray Of Hope In Courthouse

In her latest newsletter, Mary Souza of tells of hobnobbing with new Kootenai County Commissioner Dan Green (pictured, left) to discuss "public employees and much more." Quoth Mary: "The County will not raise taxes this year. They eliminated at least 12 underutilized positions. They combed through the budget and sliced out $800,000, but were saddened to discovered the state-mandated indigent care had been estimated at only half its real cost by the previous administration, so the new budget savings were obliterated this legal obligation officially called County Assistance. But they’re trying." Green, Commissioner Jai Nelson (pictured, right), and new County Clerk Cliff Hayes give constituents "a much needed sense of hope." You can read the rest of Mary's column here.

Question: How would you rate the performance of the two new commissioner -- Dan Green & Jai Nelson -- during their first 8 months in office?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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