The Storey County Commissioners and County Manager Pat Whitten sent Commissioner Lance Gilman and County Lobbyist Greg “Bum” Hess to Washington D.C. January 17th – 22nd.
The trip to D.C. was authorized so Gilman and Hess could lobby for the zip code bill that died in committee last year. The zip code reconfiguration will help Storey County capture sales tax revenue lost to Washoe County. For products purchased and Nevada Sales Tax is collected, most computerized systems use the Zip Code to assign the tax liability. Since TRIC uses the Sparks Zip Code, Storey County loses out on nearly all the sales tax revenue collected.
This is bad for the taxpayers of Storey County as we have to shoulder the burden not relieved by this lost revenue stream. Meanwhile, Washoe County taxpayers rejoice as their tax burden is reduced.
Washoe County wins.
So it is a good idea to get this resolved. And it is the perfect job for an effective lobbyist. However…
A careful examination of the the dates of the trip caused the eyebrows of thestoreyteller.online editors to raise and notice a happy coincidence: Donald Trump was Inaugurated on January 21st.
We put in our records request on February 16th for the receipts spent on the festivities (filled on April 19th). On March 7th, Greg “Bum” Hess strolled to the podium of the Commissioners meeting and delivered this update on his tireless lobbying for Storey County. Is this another happy coincidence? Would he have delivered his little soliloquy had he not gotten wind of the public records request? Is there a reason that Lance Gilman let two meetings go by and did not remark about their furious skid greasing?
Listen to Greg lay it on here:
Let’s get this straight…
They met with our Nevada representatives (something they can do in Nevada) and stood next to the “personal secretary” of “The Cajun John Wayne” as Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Oh, and they discovered the Muckers are nationwide. Um….
Impressive. Lobbying. Skills.
On the way out of town they checked out the girls lining up for the million woman march (a million bullets dodged as Hess and Gilman had already checked out of their hotel rooms…)
To recap, we paid $ 7611.50 for them to attend Donald Trump’s Inauguration….
Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones have parlayed their positions in county governance to become wealthy and vastly wealthy. Yet they don’t have enough cash to pay their own way?
I have been to D.C. several times, but never on Inauguration Week. My sources tell me it is pretty much like the week that precedes Super Bowl; business as unusual. If you want to schedule meaningful work, you’re in FantasyLand.
The aforementioned happy coincidence makes thestoreyteller.online editors ponder aloud:
“If Mrs. Clinton had become President of The United States on Inauguration Day, would Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones finally hunker down and figure out how Skype works?”
Spending money at the government level is all about priorities. In Washington D.C. and on B Street.
$7611.50 represents just under a quarter of the annual salary of a new deputy. Or a quarter of a new patrol vehicle.
What are the priorities in Storey County?
On a positive note, Greg picked up his bar tab…