At the last three Council meetings that we had in Courthouse 1, I made a list as everybody was talking. I tried to get most of your names and your concerns. On two separate occasions, at the end of the first meeting and at the end of the last meeting, I gave my County business card to Justus James - he has it twice - and to Paul Row [Breau]. I notice they spoke multiple times - a lot of the people who spoke deferred their time, didn't speak, deferred their time to both of those gentlemen.
What bothers me is that each of those gentlemen had said that this Administration has not contacted them. Now I don't know who is telling half truths or not. I know the Administration says that they have spoken to them. All I can say is that I think it's a disservice to the county workers who rely on those people as their leadership, because nobody has contacted me. We spoke in the parking deck for at least an hour. Some of you are here, and I passed out my card and everybody said, 'We have a plan, we have ideas, we've come to the Administration with these plans.' And again, it's been three weeks since that meeting. Not an email, not a phone call.
So I also looked into how much money that the County spends on union dues. And last year, it was $757,000, technically of taxpayer money, that went to pay the unions, the same unions that are supposed to be representing the workers. And there's your representation. Not one phone call. Not one email.
And I'm not saying this to defend the Administration. but what I'm saying is you need to open your eyes.
I'm still willing. I want to talk to people who work for the County to figure out what your ideas are to see if there's something to help get through this Budget process because it affects all of us. But I just thought it was important to know that, in three weeks, not one contact.