New Jackson County legislator wants Executive Frank White to show up to meetings
District 1 Legislator Manny Abarca IV told Up To Date the county executive doesn't attend meetings and isn't transparent about the annual budget. White's office said that's not true.
“We're asked to fund things that we don't have information on,” Manny Abarca IV, who represents the county’s first district, told Up To Date on Wednesday.
Abarca serves as the budget chair and said he can’t do his job when White’s office refuses to provide the legislature with the information members need to make decisions.
“I think this is the way the county has operated in the past — keep people in the dark,” he said.
Up To Date invited White to come on the show but he did not respond in time.
In a written statement sent by his staff after the show, White said he’s never been contacted by legislators about receiving insufficient information.
“My office remains committed to working with Mr. Abarca and other legislators, however, we will not engage in public in-fighting, character attacks, or political horse-trading,” the statement read.
He also said he has a meeting scheduled with Abarca for later this week.
County Legislator Manny Abarca joined Up To Date to talk about his desire for more transparency and communication from Executive Frank White.
- Manny Abarca IV, Jackson County 1st district legislator