The STARK COUNTY POLTICAL REPORT (The Report) has learned that Republican Commissioner Jane Vignos saying ugly things about Democrat Stark County Engineer Mike Refus about the proposed merger of the Stark County Engineer's office with the Stark County Sanitary Engineer's office.
This merger will save Stark County $1.2 million a year and will result an increased Stark County capacity to attract millions of dollars in federal and state government grants to underwrite infrastructure improvements and repairs in the county.
Apparently, Vignos is playing politics with the matter as she exits county government on December 31st in retirement. The Report hears that her objection is grounded on Vignos' fear that the newly constituted engineer's office will turned into a huge fundraising apparatus for the Stark County Democratic Party by Rehfus.
There are Stark County Democrats who would do exactly as Vignos fears, if in charge. But not Mike Rehfus.
The Report knows Rehfus well and posits that he is the least partisan Democrat officeholder in Stark County. Vignos' concern is not well-founded and she needs to back off.
Supporting the merger is the thing to do. If Vignos chooses not to do so then she will leave office with a blemish on her legacy.
Jane Vignos: the commissioner who left office opposing local government efficiency.