Canyon County Commishes are once again trying to convince citizens of the need for a Public Information Officer despite every indication the public is saying NO. Add to this the cavalier attitude of spending over $80,000/year to fund this position flies in the face of taxpayers. IPT Opinion Piece
We live in an age where everyone wants instant access or response to the most trivial of questions. THE GUARDIAN has watched the endorsements for the need of this position dribble out from various elected officials in the attempt to sway public opinion in this matter. The local paper did a poll and respondents to the poll said NO to the PIO idea. Today we have a guest opinion from the Canyon County Commishes telling us how useful this person would be to their efforts at transparency and how hard it is to respond to the media effectively without someone in this position.
THE GUARDIAN would like to suggest the Commishes video tape every meeting and they make it available via YOUTUBE or some other online service. They could also have a media press conference block of time set aside each day to make one of the three as well as any other elected official available to the media with that session also available on video access.
The Jumbo Shrimp oxymoron of the day has to be: "County PIO shouldn't add expense". The cash meter for taxpayers starts the minute this position is filled. It will add expense to the county. Just because they have the position budgeted does not mean they should spend our money.
Without a serious analysis of the cost v. benefit we think Auditor Clerk Chris Yamamoto is 100% correct in his vocal non support of having a County PIO.