I hate to gloat, but I told you so. During Dennis Gorski's watch, Erie County had a healthy budget surplus, there were no scandals and taxes were held relatively in check. When Gorski left office, the county was financially stable.
Under County Executive Joel Giambra's administration, we've seen two major scandals -- the office furniture debacle and the Highway Department fiasco. There has been criticism of an overpaid personal driver, and the budget surplus has evaporated, to be replaced by a $100 million-plus deficit.
Giambra also has proposed raising the sales tax an additional 1 percentage point. We now face major cuts in services and the county work force, and higher property taxes are inevitable.
It seems to me that all those who voted for a change in county government in the last election did so in the belief that, "If it isn't broken, fix it anyway." I seem to remember a cartoon character saying, "We have met the enemy and it is us."