Your Tax Dollars at Work
Remember when Trustee Judy Needham called her fellow Fort Worth school board member, Ann Sutherland, a “crazy old fool of a woman” because Sutherland had filed a protest with the Railroad Commission in order to stop Chesapeake Energy from taking advantage of a loophole in the law that would have allowed it to drill for natural gas within a few hundred feet of an elementary school? Sutherland filed the protest on the last day for it to be filed because, she explained, the district had not yet done so. At the last possible moment, the district filed, and Sutherland withdrew her protest. The difference in the two filings is that Sutherland did it herself, on-line, and it took her about 20 minutes, she said, at the most. On the other hand, the district hired the law firm of Cantey-Hanger to file its protest (never mind that the district has two on-site lawyers, one who is paid a six-figure salary and could have done the job.) Today this reporter finally found out, through an open records request, what the taxpayers paid the local legal eagles to do what Sutherland did in 20 minutes for free, and you might want to sit down: $2,068 for 7.3 hours of work.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it, who are the real crazy fools in this story?