SPLOST –DON’T BE DECEIVED–IT IS MORE THAN JUST A PENNY

October 16, 2017

The BOC, Chamber of Commerce, and others like to tell us “it’s only a penny”, but it is a whole lot more than that.  It is additional property taxes year after year PLUS that “penny” on every dollar you spend.

The $5,000,000 SPLOST is being promoted as “your pennies at work.”  It will be much more than that because in addition to the 1% sales tax, the BOC will be borrowing $3,500,000 and paying approximately $500,000 in interest to fund their projects.  They also plan to tax you an additional $600,000 to give the Sheriff more than the $1,600,000 building addition being advertised. 

According to Commissioner Salmon , this extra $600,000 will be transferred from fund balance (which was generated by overtaxing property owners.)  This is after the County Manager and Finance Manager said it would be hard to take $1,000,000 out of fund balance to fund the extra on the Sheriff’s new $2,200,000 administrative building.  Comm. Luke said he was willing to fund things “in a different way than the borrowing scheme.”  Listen to what is discussed before you vote!

Earlier Comm. Luke told the BOC that “the money just isn’t there.”

With the 2018 SPLOST, you are being asked to vote on a building program that will increase county debt and raise your taxes.  Year after year, you will pay additional property taxes to maintain the new Sheriff’s building and Recreation building, pay for more insurance on the new buildings, and pay more employees to staff the new buildings.

It seems we are being deceived about what the ballot says, and what is really going to happen. 

By voting Yes on SPLOST you are agreeing to tax yourself an additional 1% of the cost of every purchase plus add debt to the county plus add more to your property tax bill.  The decision is yours, but do not say you had no idea when the new, bigger property tax bill shows up in 2019 and following years.

 

TWG

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JCWSA OPPOSED TO CITY MEGASITE PROJECT

October 12, 2017

JCWSA member Ken McMichael spoke to the BOC and wanted them to sign a joint letter to USDA opposing the city of Monticello’s “Megasite” project.

Mr. McMichael told the BOC the JCWSA has always intended to use the “Feldspar Lake” (and wells) on Hwy 11 South as a water source.  The JCWSA also requested that the BOC sign a joint letter to EPD, requesting that any water permit for the site must be issued to JCWSA and the City of Monticello jointly.  He said, “This is a valuable resource to be protected and must be shared with all citizens of Jasper County.” 

Mr. McMichael said there was no other source of water in Jasper County, and said there was a need for a long-term water study. Was this brought up so that Jasper County, not the JCWSA, would fund a water study?  Let us not forget that EPD indicated previously that Jasper County has an adequate water supply and has not shown a need for an additional water supply.

Note:  Carter and Sloope, former City Engineers, had done water studies at the site when JCWSA and the City tried to get USDA to fund a joint project from the same site as a water source years ago.  Carter and Sloop’s report emphasized that the Feldspar area is not a good water source.  Frank Sherrill, JCWSA’s engineer, has said the “geology does not change”.  If that is true, what would a new water study reveal?

Comm. Pennamon asked, “Have any plans been put out by the City as to what they want to do with land?”   Ken McMichael answered, “Yes–the largest industrial park in the area.”  Then he asked, “Why was 700ac purchased if it is only a water source?  Why build on top of a water aquifer?”  Comm. Pennamon  said he had not seen a plan.  However, we do know that the City has applied for the USDA loan, but they say they do not have to reveal the amount.

Comm. Pennamon then called for a joint meeting between the City, County, and JCWSA to discuss the water issue.  Comm. Henry said any “experts” should be at the meeting as well.

This meeting, when it takes place, should be open to the public and should be very interesting.

TWG

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IT’S UP!  BOC UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

October 9, 2017

Within 2 hours of our post this morning, the old website was inactive with an error received when trying to access it.

This afternoon, the new BOC website is up.  Check it out!

http://jaspercountyga.org/

This website incorporates the facebook page news with department information.  It appears to be a lot more user friendly.  We are hoping that the site will stay updated with upcoming meeting notices, agendas, minutes, and other documents the public looks for.

 

TWG

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JASPER COUNTY BOC TO HAVE NEW WEBSITE…SOMETIME SOON, MAYBE..

October 9, 2017

We have been hearing for months that there will be a new Jasper County website.  The BOC has repeatedly asked, “Where is it?”  County Manager, Mike Benton, continues to say it will be up “next week.” 

At the last BOC meeting, the commissioners asked once again…and Mike Benton gave his answer…

Comm. Pennamon said it was “in stone” the website would be up this week, and they had been waiting 6 months.  As of this morning at 10:20AM, one week later, it is still not up. 

Additionally, there were no bids to do a new website.

 

TWG

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GDOT PUTS MONTICELLO BYPASS ON SHELF UNTIL 2028

October 5, 2017

Comm. Pennamon gave a shocking report at the Development Authority meeting Tuesday afternoon.  He told all in attendance that GDOT had put the Monticello Bypass (Hwy 380) on the shelf until 2028.

He added that GDOT still plans to buy all the right of ways and to finish the engineering, but then the project will go on the shelf.  Comm. Pennamon added that they (GDOT) have been here and seen all traffic on the square.

If you remember, in February the GDOT threatened to withdraw funding if the BOC did not approve –right then—round-a-bouts for the proposed bypass where it would intersect Hwy 16 and Hwy 83.  This was approved as well as agreeing to maintain the areas around the round-a-bouts, even though they would be on a state highway. 

GDOT THREATENS BOC – MAINTAIN ROUND-A-BOUTS OR HAVE 380 MONEY WITHDRAWN

Comm. Pennamon was at a loss as to what happened to the project between February and this Tuesday.

 

TWG

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BOC MEETING—LOTS OF TALK, LITTLE ACCOMPLISHED

October 3, 2017

The BOC had lots of talk—much repeated from a previous meeting, and little accomplished.  Here’s what happened–

 

 

Old Business:

  1. Discussion on New 4-H Vehicle—Cost -approx. $45,000+–TABLED until next meeting so where funds will come from will be determined.

  2. Barr Bridge Abutment Repair Bid Results-$168,000 to $198,000 with $69,000 of that figure for “traffic control.” –-BIDS REJECTED—too high for what was being done.

  3. Goolsby Rd Paving Bid Results—2.2 miles—no bids figures listed –NO BIDS RECEIVED!

  4. Request to Purchase ADA Compliant Van with Wheelchair Lift – Senior Center-Cost- approx. $51,500– TABLED until next meeting so where funds will come from will be determined.

 New Business:

  1. Request to Increase Budget for Janitorial Services for Senior Center- Cost-$3900–APPROVED

  2. Request to Purchase a Storage Building with 2012 SPLOST Funds – Senior Center-Cost $3850—APPROVED $4150 for larger/taller building

  3. 911 Service Communications System Update—Cost $35,229—THIS WAS NOT APPROVED, BUT SERVICES WERE ALREADY IN WORKS. Did not understand how this was already being done and BOC never approved.

  4. Triple Point Engineering Landfill Compliance & Engineering Consulting Services Proposal – Kent McCormick—Cost – $64,150 per year PLUS additional for consultation, etc.—APPROVED.

 Total costs approved were $107,429 (includes 911 which is being spent).  Total costs that will be approved but tabled until next meeting $96,500. 

Everyone already knows where the $96,500 will come from—contingency.  This is money the BOC budgets as emergency money, but usually becomes a slush fund.  Taxpayers are taxed more to set up this “contingency” fund, and have been overtaxed approximately $500,000 per year for the last 3-4 years.

 

TWG

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BOC MEETING ABOUT LITTLE MORE THAN SPENDING MONEY

October 1, 2017

 

The BOC meetings have become nothing more than voting to spend money.  Case in point, tomorrow night’s BOC agenda with over $400,000 of requests.  It is doubtful any will be denied.

 

Old Business:

  1. Discussion on New 4-H Vehicle—Cost -approx. $45,000+

  2. Barr Bridge Abutment Repair Bid Results-$168,000 to $198,000 with $69,000 of that figure for “traffic control.”

  3. Goolsby Rd Paving Bid Results2.2 miles—no bids figures listed

  4. Request to Purchase ADA Compliant Van with Wheelchair Lift – Senior Center-Cost- approx. $51,500

 New Business:

  1. Request to Increase Budget for Janitorial Services for Senior Center- Cost-$3900

  2. Request to Purchase a Storage Building with 2012 SPLOST Funds – Senior Center-Cost $3850

  3. 911 Service Communications System Update—Cost $35,229

  4. Triple Point Engineering Landfill Compliance & Engineering Consulting Services Proposal – Kent McCormick—Cost – $64,150 per year PLUS additional for consultation, etc.

 Total costs to be considered Monday, October 2, 2017 = $401,629 plus Goolsby Road cost.

TWG

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