Some things can’t be denied

Published 7:00 am Friday, August 19, 2016

Have you ever been in a state of denial?
I have often found myself in situations, where I consistently hope for things to change.
In reality, sometimes no matter how hard you try, some things never change.
Thursday, the Poplarville Board of Aldermen suggested giving up their salaries to balance the city’s budget.
In reality, the city does not have the projected revenue to cover the costs and requests from each department.
During my three years working as a reporter, I’ve sat through many budget workshops.
I’ve witnessed many elected officials study their budgets and try to make the best decisions for their city, county, employees and taxpayers.
This year, the reality for the city of Poplarville is that about $124,000 needs to be cut from their budget in order to balance things out. There’s no denying that fact.
This is the first time I’ve ever heard city officials consider giving up their salaries for the greater good of the city they serve.
In my opinion, that is an admirable gesture. Instead of raising taxes or “robbing Peter to pay Paul,” they are taking a necessary action to balance their budget and keep the city fiscally sound.
Newspapers are filled with stories regarding budgets and the tough cuts that many officials are forced to make.
Sometimes the numbers don’t always add up the way we want them to.
When faced with certain unshakeable realities, we are forced to make the tough decisions.
In my 33 years, I’ve made a few tough decisions. It wasn’t always easy, but I knew taking a leap of faith would be in my best interest.
When you realize that something won’t change, you initiate change and find the happiness or resolution you seek.

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