In a recent news article, this graphic was used to show, apparently, Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy’s ineptitude as the county’s chief financial officer:
An astute reader will remember that Lacy was elected in November of 2010, and note that the county’s fiscal year runs from October 1 of one year to September 30 of the next.
Therefore, the chart above is egregiously mis-labled; for the fiscal years ending (FYE) 2010 and 2011, those budgets were created under Bowie County Judge James Carlow.
Indeed, after enacting his first budget (FY 2011-2012), Lacy remarked that it was the county’s first balanced budget in years – in other words, the first time the county had even tried to make ends meet.
Was the mis-labeling intentional? That might be impossible to ascertain, but a quick check by anyone familiar with the county (let alone an accountant or CPA) would have shown that the graphic does more to put Carlow’s administration in a bad light than Lacy’s.
The article, graphic, and quotes are in response to Lacy’s formal accusations of repeated, illegal re-financing of county property by Carlow, previously reported here:
- Video of Judge Lacy’s Press Conference Re: Illegal Financing of up to $30Million
- Judge Lacy Asks 8 Agencies for Investigation; 8 Banks Involved
What do you think? Should the Bowie County Citizens Tribune publish an acknowledgement of the error, and issue a correction?
***Update: the graphic has been replaced with one that doesn’t show under which administration the problems occurred. There was no notice given that the earlier graphic was in error.