Cannon County Commissioners Call
Corey Davenport’s Bluff to Force the Passage of the 1981 Financial Management Act
Consideration of the controversial matter of the County Financial Management System of 1981 which would have the County Government adopt Centralized Financing failed to receive enough votes to be adopted Saturday when considered by the Cannon County Commission.
The vote was the end product of a threat made last November by then Republican Party Chairman Corey Davenport for the commission to study it, consider it and if you don’t pass it -
In a surprise move, Chairman Mike Gannon then came up with the suggestion of putting it on the ballot for the citizens to decide during the August 2018 election.
This move clearly calls Davenport’s bluff and threat to “take it to the citizens” I say bluff, because I am beginning to question if he ever got the required 277 signatures on a petition.
He claims to have worked a deal with Commissioner Glenn Steakley to hold off demanding a special called election which would have cost the county in the neighborhood of $20,000.00. Supposedly, Commissioner would conduct the research and make a convincing presentation before his fellow commissioners.
However, it was noted a few weeks ago, Davenport was asked by a budget committee member how many signatures he had on the petition. Davenport refused to answer, saying that he was trying to get more so he would have extra to cover those signatures that may be challenged.
I think the short of his answer was he just didn’t have enough signatures. Think about it: What kind of person wants to put their signature to a document demanding a cash strapped government to spend even more money for a special called election just to satisfy the ego of a bully. $20,000.00 is a lot of money.
Corey Davenport has a history of being a bully. How many of you remember when Corey Davenport lost it in the June 2014 County Commission meeting. Making false accusations toward Mike Gannon -
So now it gets interesting. In Corey’s little group of followers some such as Tracy Neal insist that we can’t wait for a regular election. I’m telling you now that you better wait. There would be nothing worse that forcing the county to spend $20,000.00 for a special called election only to have the people tell you, “Hell no, we don’t want to spend $100,000.00 for a finance office and we don’t want our schools to lose control of their budget.” And “We are madder than hell that you spent taxpayers money because you refused to wait.”
Remember, in November Corey clearly threaten the Cannon County Commission to adopt
Several things are of interest. One is -
Regardless, it was a breath of fresh air to read the commission basically told Davenport: You threaten to take it to the people -