More and more towns are going to appointed Treasurers instead of elected so professionals are doing this critical work vice politicians. If you have not had enough of these incompetent career politicians making six-figure salaries in Plymouth County in do nothing jobs then another good reason for appointing is county Treasurer Thomas O'brien who makes a strong case for getting rid of county government like most of the other counties in Mass. that were shut down. A long trail of press including local radio shows O'brien has not provided any audits of county financial books for 8 years since 2003 despite his false reports that the audits were done.
So the county Advisory council of selectmen blasted him in a meeting in May and demanded that he complete audits within 3 months. But since O'brien is an ex-state legislature then his political pals in Boston just give him a pass. It gets better. Last year in fisical year 2010 (ended June 30, 2010) he told the commissioners there would be a $450,000 deficit unless county land in south Plymouth was sold. On his recommendation, the valuable property was sold to some liberal conservation outfit and then O'brien reported a $450,000 surplus for the year meaning the valuable property did not need to be sold. Can't make up this level of incompetence. The recently finished fiscal year 2011 (ended June 30, 2011) had a deficit of over $1 million a huge 10% of his annual budget and he owes the Sheriff dept $40 million for the transferred program but refuses to transfer the funding. No problem. O'brien drafted that budget in April 2010 and it was so bad that for the first time in over 400 years the commissioners did not approve the budget. No problem. He has also failed to provide audits for his other big programs that apparently are not fully part of county government whatever that means including his Retirement board and his health insurance program.
O'brien's unfunded liabilities in those programs are over $100 million. No problem. Nothing to see here folks just move along. All his programs are losing money for the county even retirement and health insurance programs since the county pays their expenses but they give no revenue to the county. He does nothing in any of these programs including the paychecks are automated and still screwed up constantly. Even O'briens parking program has expenses that are three times greater than revenues. You couldn't run a Treasurer's office this badly if you intended to. It's all in the press. If this were anywhere else he would have been fired long ago. You want to know why America's governments are bankrupt the look no further than incompetents like this guy. Why do you think the President and Governor want "balanced solutions" which is there code words for higher taxes that no one can afford and printing more money that is spiking inflation? To cover for the incompetents that help them get elected and drive up debt for us, our children and grandchildren while the do nothing career hacks collect six figure paychecks and huge benefits and we suffer. It is disgraceful. America and this state has got wake up and vote out these do nothing career politician hacks.
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