July 8, 2017
TWG has complained for years about the vague and even misleading agenda the BOC produces for their meetings. If the citizens don’t know what an agenda item is about, how do they voice their concerns to the BOC before they vote?
The July 10, 2017 meeting agenda has several agenda items. One in particular was unusual.
Resolution to approve Judicial Sales Taxes – Tax Commissioner
Since the BOC has never discussed this before and this item has never been mentioned, I called the Tax Commissioners office Friday morning to find out what this was about. The Tax Commissioner was out of the office.
I then called both the County Clerk, Sharon Robinson, who was also out for the morning, and the County Manager, Mike Benton, who was out looking at roads. At 12:30PM, I spoke with the County Manager, and he did not know what this item was about either.
Since my request for the agenda packet was not answered, the Judicial Sales Taxes Resolution is still an unknown. There is little doubt that the BOC members do not know what this item is about, at least not until they received their packet.
Is the reason that the agenda packet is not available to the public before Monday—the day of the meeting—is to keep them in the dark as long as possible? If the BOC, county attorney, financial officer, and county manager are all sent the packet, why can’t any citizen requesting the packet also receive it at the same time?
Other items on the agenda include:
Lynn Bentley –“report on audit”
Jackson Lake Rd Specific Road Section Speed Limit Change (no mention of which section of JLR.)
Adopt Jasper County Recreation Association Board By-Laws (has the public been able to review these and comment, or at least see them a week or two ahead so they can call their commissioner and comment?)
Folks, this BOC is going to keep you in the dark as much as possible. You are going to be asked to vote on a $7.5M -25 year -bond in November to pay for a $2.5M recreation building, a $2.5M-$3M administrative building for the Sheriff, and $2.5M for roads. The BOC says they will pay for this $7.5M bond with SPLOST money and money that “will come in from Stanton Springs in 2020 and beyond.” If the BOC can keep you uninformed about what you are voting on, you’ll be in debt, so will your children, and your taxes will continue to rise.
Citizens need to start demanding details about issues before they are voted on.
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.