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Tourism talk turns heated at meeting

Visitors Bureau members spar with commissioners

November 14, 2013

Tensions over the designation of a tourist promotion agency (TPA) erupted once again at Wednesday morning’s Warren County Commissioners meetin....

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Nov-26-13 4:51 PM

John Bortz gets what he wants or people pay a price. Ask his old girlfriend(s). Watch and learn.

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Nov-16-13 1:27 AM

C'mon boys. Let's play nice.

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Nov-15-13 1:28 AM

Did Bortz just admit that making the WCCBI the TPA he would give the $40,000 to another organization that he gave to the chamber? Sounds like the Tourism dollars are already being spent, as we thought NOT on tourism but part of the money that the commissioners used to give the WCCBI to operate. Face it, the Chamber cannot even perform their job of BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY now they want to try tourism? Another FAIL for the commissioners. Election day cannot get here soon enough.

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Nov-14-13 2:14 PM

Johnson and Hinton didn't do the WCVB any favors in acting like this. Those on the fence may have been pushed to the WCCBI side simply over this stunt. Very bad strategy.

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Nov-14-13 1:24 PM

Couple of things Not sure what the fiscal year of the County is, if it's calendar one has to wonder but it could be July to June, Oct-Sept in which the lack of audited financials would be justified. 2) Wish that Mr. Bortz would be as committed to making large non-profits who act like for profits helping to pay for some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars of services they use and count on - Roads, Police, Fire. Wonder if he'll change his mind on that when it becomes UPMC - Warren? Mr. Bortz does a worse job then most at masking his number one calculation in establishing his position which is "What position helps most with my next campaign".

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Nov-14-13 10:54 AM

It tickles me when Bortz gets testy. It means he's scared. I especially like the threat of "secret information" the commissioners have that they've been so good not to disclose. What a joke.

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Nov-14-13 10:49 AM

The 2012 audited financials are not completed yet? Isn't it the middle of November in 2013 already?

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Nov-14-13 9:26 AM

How do you run an organization, funded with taxpayer money, and not have audited financials? I don't care what people are involved, that is just plan incredible. WOW.

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Nov-14-13 5:27 AM

It makes me sick to watch this argueing. They are all a big joke. None of the organizations earn their salt.Have your dinners at the Conewango Club,or eggs and issues when the common sense working aren't going to take off work,but all the nickel/dime big shots can have their meetings at the "BIG TOP". Go have your data analysis and hire some high priced efficiency experts to make decisions for you. What a waste of money. For the money spent,Warren County gets little in return.

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