City auditor would earn keep

In the April 7, 2018, issue of the Register-Guard, Eugene resident Steve C. Hiatt writes in a letter:

Some of the people who have argued in favor of the Eugene city government’s proposal for an appointed performance auditor cite the expense of an elected auditor as a reason to support the city’s proposal.

This brings to mind the adage about the wisdom of being penny wise and pound foolish (not wise). An independent, elected auditor would be more likely to really dig in to uncover wasteful policies, which could save the taxpayers enough money to justify the cost of his or her office.

The appointed auditor proposal also reminds me of another adage about the wisdom of letting the foxes determine who guards the henhouse (also not wise).

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