(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
HOMELESSNESS FUNDS ISSUE: Major area newspaper says Stevens County officials need to leave office…
In the latest saga of the Stevens County Commissioners, County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen and a question over the use of homelessness funds took a new turn last week. In an editorial by the region’s largest newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, the publication said the Stevens County Commissioners need to go.
“The county’s three commissioners deserve to be replaced as their terms expire, but that can only happen if they don’t run or credible challengers file,” the newspaper editorial said. Editorials by the newspaper are produced by an editorial board consisting of Spokesman staff members.
The newspaper said commissioners Wes McCart, Steve Parker and Don Dashiell used the county’s homeless housing and assistance fund for projects that had nothing to do with homelessness.The costs totalled over $120,000 spent – one to move a house because of 2018 flood damage when the owners didn’t have insurance, and $90K given to a transitional home for people with spinal cord injuries. The state auditor’s office concluded the expenditures were not specified in the homeless housing plan and were a gift of public funds. More