'Emergency' is no excuse for breaking the law

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There is a saying that goes, "Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine."

The Moffat County commissioners and/or those entrusted to administer county government failed to plan properly and suddenly an "emergency" resolution to cover public safety center debt had to be passed at the expense of state laws.

It was passed at a meeting that had not been posted in a manner spelled out by state statute and the public did not get proper notification of the resolution that was passed as required by state law.

This is why county commissioners will meet on Thursday and pass a new resolution regarding the money transfer.

The county knew this debt was coming up because it had to juggle the budget in a similar fashion last year. It's time to get a handle on this problem.

We believe that juggling a budget is necessary from time to time no matter who you are.

What is inexcusable, however, is violating laws, especially those that are in place to make sure public agencies operate in the open and the public is given every opportunity to observe and comment on what their representatives are doing.

Do we think the county commissioners were blatantly trying to pull the wool over anybody's eyes? No. But we believe these violations must be taken seriously and protocol must be established so that a similar situation can be avoided in the future.

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