ANOTHER FARCE BY THE CITY OF MONTICELLO

May 25, 2018

The City of Monticello, pretending everything is on the up and up, ran an ad in the local paper for the position of a “qualified supervisor & foreman for the water and sewer distribution crew.”  Sources tell us this is the position Mayor Brian Standifer’s brother-in-law is being hired to fill. 

Of course, to make sure they follow procedure, the City had to advertise the job and waste money doing so, even though they knew it didn’t matter who applied because the job was already promised to Greg Robinson.

TWG

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MAYOR BRIAN STANDIFER TAKES SPECIAL PRIVILEGES AT NEW “MEGASITE” & CITY ACCEPTS NEPOTISM

May 24, 2018

It seems that Mayor Brian Standifer has been using the new City “water source/Megasite” for his family get-togethers. 

Sources tell TWG that on both Easter weekend and on Mother’s Day, the mayor had his extended family at the site to use the cabin and other facilities. 

TWG has also been told that even though no fishing is allowed in any of the City’s other water reservoirs, the mayor’s friends have been fishing at Mine Lake on the Megasite property.

The Mayor’s special privileges came to the attention of the City Council, which agreed at their called meeting this week, that there would be NO public use of the Megasite property until there was a policy in place.  (There was no vote taken, just an agreement.)

NEPOTISM IS NO PROBLEM FOR MAYOR STANDIFER

The Mayor has persuaded the City Council, with the exception of David Wease, to change the City’s nepotism policy so Greg Robinson (Mayor Brian Standifer’s brother-in-law and Sharon Standifer-Robinson’s husband) can be hired for the City water department.  Presently, Greg Robinson works for Jasper County Public Works.

TWG is surprised that Mayor Standifer, who boasts of being transparent every chance he gets, has been less than open with his recent actions.

 

TWG

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ELECTION RESULTS

ELECTION RESULTS

May 23, 2018

Jasper County had only one contested race and a ELOST question on the ballot.

 

1,834 people voted out of 8,632 active voters or 21.25%.

 For other Jasper County election results go to this link:

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/Jasper/74738/Web02.198798/#/

 

TWG

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HOW MUCH MORE DID YOUR PROPERTY VALUES GO UP AGAIN THIS YEAR?

You have until this Friday, May 26, to appeal your property value.

May 21, 2018

If you are not expecting another property tax increase, you need to wake up!  Property values in Jasper County continue to go up.  TWG has been told about huge increases in property values, some 40% more than last year.

 

You have the right to appeal your property assessment for value, uniformity (not comparable to other similar properties), or taxability.You can write a letter, go in person, or use form PT-311A (click here) to appeal your property value.

If you do appeal, have your facts ready, and do not let anyone intimidate you in the process.  You know your property better than anyone else, and it is your right to have an appeal hearing.

 

You have until this Friday, May 26, to appeal your property value.If you think your new values are too high, take the time and appeal them.  If you are not sure how the process works or have any complaints about your experience, let us know.  You can email us at taxpayerwatchdogs@yahoo.com or send us a PM on Facebook.

Over the past 5 years, not only have the values gone up, but the property taxes have gone up as well as the BOC and Board of Education continue to increase their spending and their budgets with many wants and few actual needs.   It is hard to determine exactly what is in the budgets because most of the negotiation and discussion is behind closed doors.

Expect higher taxes again this year with this new round of value increases by the Board of Assessors and the lack of budget restraint by the BOC and Board of Education.

 

TWG

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WATERS BRIDGE ON HWY 212 W OVER JACKSON LAKE TO BE REPLACED

Today project cost does not seem to be an important factor.  Politics enters into every decision, making the project cost and completion time excessive.

May 18, 2018

The public is invited to a Georgia DOT open house to view and discuss proposals to replace the State Route (SR) 212 bridge at Lake Jackson next Tuesday, May 22, at the Alcovy High School Cafeteria, 14567 GA 36, Covington, GA from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Plans currently show the estimated total investment of $13 million.  There will be no detour during construction, as the new bridge will be built parallel to the current structure.

Estimated construction time is 24 months and will likely begin in Fall 2020.

Why would a 500 foot bridge cost $13 million and take 24 months to complete?

Some interesting facts and comparison of time and cost. 

  • The Golden Gate Bridge took just over four years to build. Construction began in January 0f 1933 and was open to automobile traffic in May of 1937. 
  • The total length of the Golden Gate Bridge from abutment to abutment is 8,981 feet (2,737 m), the second longest main span in the USA.
  • The cost of the Golden Gate Bridge was $27M in 1930’s, which is $1.5B in today’s money. 

  • The bridge over Jackson Lake will cost 6.4 times more per foot than the Golden Gate Bridge (in today’s money) and take 2 years to build, even though the Golden Gate bridge is 18 times longer and has a cable structure.

Today project cost does not seem to be an important factor.  Politics enters into every decision, making the project cost and completion time excessive.

TWG

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JASPER COUNTY TAXPAYERS OVER 65 HAVE LONG ASKED FOR A BREAK ON SCHOOL TAXES

May 17, 2018

There is only one way to get a break on school taxes in Jasper County—vote NO on the ELOST of $9.9 million.  Your property taxes are never going down, but you can vote to save 1% of all purchases by voting NO on ELOST.


Tomorrow is the last day for early voting.  Voting day is next Tuesday, May 22.

What’s at stake?  More textbooks? Computers? No, a new $8M stadium.

 This ELOST is for $9.9M of obligation debt the School Board wants to use to build a new stadium complex.  

According to the legal ad, this new debt will start in 2020 and go through 2035.  Since this ELOST will only be for 5 years, there will have to be 3 consecutive ELOST approvals to pay off the entire debt.

The first $8M they want to raise in this self imposed tax will be used to pay $1.5M on 2005 bonds still outstanding and $6.5M on “projects.”  The main project is a new stadium complex.

Read more…

 

TWG

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VOTE YOURSELF $9,900,000 MORE DEBT

WHY SCHOOL BONDS ARE PUT ON THE PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT INSTEAD OF THE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

May 14, 2018

 ELOST (Education Local Option Sales Tax) is on the ballot for the May 22nd Primary election (early voting going on now).  This ELOST is for $9.9M of obligation debt the School Board wants to use to build a new stadium complex.  They are hoping this tax will pass with less than 10% of the people voting.

There is always light turn out during primary elections, so that is when our leaders put ELOST and SPLOST on the ballot.  Most people have no idea what they are voting on or just don’t vote at all.

According to the legal ad, this new debt will start in 2020 and go through 2035.  Since this ELOST will only be for 5 years, there will have to be 3 consecutive ELOST approvals to pay off the entire debt.

The first $8M they want to raise in this self imposed tax will be used to pay $1.5M on 2005 bonds still outstanding and $6.5M on “projects.”  The main project is a new stadium complex.

The legal ad is long and most people don’t or won’t read it, but people think this $9.9M will go to upgrade the schools.  From everything we have heard, this money will go to the new stadium complex—the acquisition of textbooks, computer hardware and software, band instruments, and classroom upgrades will be further down the line. 

The School Board is confident this new debt will pass, as they are already in the process to start bidding on the athletic complex as you can see by the start date of June 2018.

As we saw posted on a facebook comment—people just keep voting to tax themselves to death. 

We urge you to Be Informed, then vote!

TWG

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