Anmoore officials last week expressed confidence in their being able to overcome the town's financial problems; we hope that their statements were as realistic as they were optimistic.
Mayor Denny Lamm and members of the town council met with the Harrison County Commission at the latter's request. Commission members were concerned that problems in Anmoore related to water bill collections, unpaid federal withholdings, legal expenses and more had caused the town's funds to dwindle.
And it was no little concern. Had Anmoore not been able financially to continue operating such basic but necessary services such as water service and fire service, the Harrison County Commission would likely have had to take up the slack. It wouldn't be all that unusual; after all, it currently helps other small towns in the county with certain services and grant writing. But one would imagine that the more self-sufficient a town is, the better.
In Anmoore's case, Mayor Lamm expressed gratitude for the meeting but said he didn't think the town needed "rescued" quite yet. He said he believes Anmoore can eventually get its financial problems ironed out. Anmoore resident Harry Hathway, who was in attendance at the meeting, said citizens there are willing to help and that the situation can be resolved if the council and mayor continue to work on it. They have the right attitude, and only time will tell if it's enough to get the town back on top of things. We wish them the best.
Today's editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial board, which is comprised of John G. Miller, James G. Logue, Kevin S. Courtney, Patrick M. Martin and J. Cecil Jarvis.