Lake County voters please carefully consider your choice for the Lake County Cemetery Maintenance District positions. All three incumbents were appointed within the last few months. Two positions are unopposed and one position held by Debe Lightle is being challenged by Karen Gentry. Debe works in the law office of John Bogardus is legal counsel for the district and attends the board and budget meetings. He also serves as budget officer for the district. It appears this could present a conflict of interest. If I were in Debe’s position and knew my employer had particular desires or expectations, I would be reluctant to vote in a manner that opposed his position thinking my employment might be jeopardized.
Karen Gentry has attended several cemetery board and budget meetings to gain an insight into how the board functions. Karen has deep Lake County roots and has lived in the New Pine Creek area all her life. She is familiar with the challenges older cemeteries encounter. Karen would like to see the District operate within their allotted tax funds without borrowing money. She would like to have the records kept in a safe place and an accurate listing of persons buried and their locations. This information was to be dispensed in September 2012 but has not been released.
After the April 2013 budget meeting, a letter was written to the board requesting additional information concerning cost and service on an item. The letter was forwarded by John Griffin, board chair, to Sherrain Gleen, LCCMD secretary for answering. To two of the questions, her written reply was “none of your business.”
I believe any expense of a taxing district is publish information and found the reply unprofessional and non-compliant.
Let’s support change and vote for Karen Gentry.