January 31, 2014
The BOC held a meeting last Monday, 1/27/14, with the auditor in attendance. Kathy Mudd, the editor of the Monticello News, attended and took notes; however, there was no report in the paper. How are the citizens to know what their elected officials are doing or where their tax money is being spent? How are the citizens to know if they like what is going on or not if the legal organ of the county never reports on actions of the BOC, Economic Development, the new “Strategic Plan”, the Senior Center, City, School, and County finances, etc, etc.?
What happened at the BOC meeting:
- The auditor reported on the last fiscal year and several significant findings, including delays that continue in postings to the financial records. (A separate blog will be dedicated to the audit information.)
- The Senior Center was given another $7,500 because of Federal cut backs to its funding. The money is coming out of “contingency”. Comm. Henry was adamant these funds be closely monitored.
- The BOC discussed accepting old roads in abandoned subdivisions as county roads. Comm. Trammell cut off discussion and said it was a “mute point” and wanted to move on. It may not be so mute when the county has to fix and maintain these roads that have never been accepted by the BOC per county ordinance. However, at the first of the meeting Comm. Trammell said he only wanted a one hour meeting, so more than ever, things will have to be decided beforehand out of the public eye. See video
- The County Manager was upset that “the blog” didn’t publish her diatribes as promptly as she wished. She wanted the BOC members to make comments, but none of them did. Finally, Comm. Trammell said the BOC may start a comment section on the county blog with BOC members contributing “the other side of the story.” If everything was done in public meeting, we would all know “both sides” of the story. See video.
- And finally, after listening to citizen comments and passing them off as irrelevant, the county attorney told the BOC they had to amend the agenda to approve the qualifying fees. Since none of them knew what they had to approve, they had to try to find the newspaper ad with the qualifying fees to see just what they had to vote on. They were clueless about the entire thing. How sad!
We feel this information is relevant and that the newspaper has a responsibility to the citizens to keep them informed of all issues and actions of the City Council, School Board, and Commissioners. These officials set the agenda for Jasper County and levy the taxes to support that agenda. Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and make good decisions. That is our goal with this blog.