September 22, 2017
Mr. Mayor, you say you want to be truly transparent to everyone. Please answer a few questions for us. We will be happy to give you space on the blog for your answers.
- What about the USDA grant/loan for the Megasite purchase? What was the amount the City applied for? Have you gotten the loan yet? What will the terms be—interest rate, length of loan, amount of monthly payments?
- Why can’t the City start the Municipal Court again? When you had a Municipal Court, the City brought in a fair amount of money—the fees received were mostly “profit.”
- Why can’t the City hire its own employee to do Code Enforcement instead of writing the County a check to do so? Why not have city supervision over this employee? The City would then be liable for the benefits, pay increases, health insurance, etc., especially when this job becomes full time.
- Why does the City Council want to continue to pass off City services to the County? Is this a way to try to consolidate the City and County, incrementally, without a vote of the public?
TRANSPARENCY? BUT COUNCILMAN STONE WORKMAN SAID THIS HAD BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR THE PAST 19 MONTHS
Mayor Brian Standifer pushed the BOC for 25 minutes on Monday night to agree to “joint” code enforcement. Comm. Pennamon told him that the BOC must set their own priorities and he would not be pushed to commit to anything without a full board discussion. During the discussion, the Mayor said they (the City) wanted to be truly transparent (start at 1:48 on the video)
CITIZENS HAVE DIFFERING OPINIONS
Adam McGinnis, local realtor is not only for combining the City and County code enforcement, but all government services. Comm. Pennamon told Adam McGinnis that maybe the City should just give up its charter if it wants the County to take over. Watch–
This is a long video because Mr. McGinnis also had to praise the “great work” Shane Sealy was doing at P&Z and Code Enforcement.
Charles Forsythe lives in the City and tells the BOC it would be great for the county to take over code enforcement in the City because he would then pay less tax! He also questions the “low ball numbers” provided by Shane Sealy for the actual cost to the county.
Mary Patrick lives in the County and tells the BOC it would be totally unfair to the residents of the County to pay for something they get NO BENEFIT from. She also emphasized that until the county can clean up Rollingwood Cove, Alcovy Shores, and Turtle Cove, they should not be considering doing the city’s work.
What is YOUR opinion? The BOC will meet again October 2 at 6:00PM to discuss joint code enforcement. Please let the BOC know your views before then.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed, can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.