March 13, 2015

Your new tax burden

Your new tax burden

Monday night the BOC will be discussing the following:

  1. Sheriff Vehicle Financing Options
  2. County-Wide Vehicle & Equipment Inventory
  3. Fire – Engine 6 Repairs
  4. Recreation – Topo Survey, Construction Plans for Ball Field Additions
  5. Recreation – Architecture Services, Gym Design
  6. Recreation – Equipment Purchases
  7. Recreation – Lighting Modifications

 At the last BOC meeting, Mike Benton (Financial Director) assured the commissioners that money was coming in for SPLOST and was right on target. In February Karen Degges (County Manager) told the commissioners there would be $600,000+ in surplus money from the 6/30/14 fiscal year. So it appears that the BOC is willing to spend money, when they don’t really know if they have any or not.

 It seems so strange that other counties with industry and retail are having budget shortfalls, but Jasper County is humming right along and has plenty of money to spend.  How does that work? Without an audit, no one can be sure.



Posted March 11, 2015–Covington News

County Manager Tom Garrett presented an overview Tuesday night of the county’s General Fund finances in preparation for the 2016 budget.

For the past two years, the county’s expenditures tracked closely with budgeted amounts, but revenues fell short, Garret said.


Butts County Commissioners to shake up government

Tuesday, March 10, 2015– Jackson Progress-Argus

McDaniel said the shakeup is being launched as officials prepare for financial uncertainty on several fronts. A statewide transportation plan designed to raise $1 billion could, due to changes in local taxes collected on fuel sales, mean as much as $900,000 a year in lost sales tax revenues for Butts County. The plan is still pending approval by the Georgia General Assembly. McDaniel said changes implemented in recent years in vehicle ad valorem taxes, officials have been told, could mean a deficit of $325,000 by June 30 this year if collection trends continue.


What Jasper County needs and what Jasper County wants and can afford are not the always the same. Jasper County citizens will either be incurring more debt or higher taxes or both.



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  1. suzie q says:

    Thanks for keeping up with the inner workings of the county. I appreciate all your work and your emails

  2. Winston Smith says:

    You can lead an ignoramus to error, but you can’t make them think.

    “The test of fascism is not one’s rage against the Italian and German war lords. The test is — how many of the essential principles of fascism do you accept and to what extent are you prepared to apply those fascist ideas to American social and economic life? When you can put your finger on the men or the groups that urge for America the debt-supported state, the autarkical corporative state, the state bent on the socialization of investment and the bureaucratic government of industry and society, the establishment of the institution of militarism as the great glamorous public-works project of the nation and the institution of imperialism under which it proposes to regulate and rule the world and, along with this, proposes to alter the forms of our government to approach as closely as possible the unrestrained, absolute government — then you will know you have located the authentic fascist.

    “But let us not deceive ourselves into thinking that we are dealing by this means with the problem of fascism. Fascism will come at the hands of perfectly authentic Americans, as violently against Hitler and Mussolini as the next one, but who are convinced that the present economic system is washed up and that the present political system in America has outlived its usefulness and who wish to commit this country to the rule of the bureaucratic state; interfering in the affairs of the states and cities; taking part in the management of industry and finance and agriculture; assuming the role of great national banker and investor, borrowing millions every year and spending them on all sorts of projects through which such a government can paralyze opposition and command public support; marshaling great armies and navies at crushing costs to support the industry of war and preparation for war which will become our greatest industry; and adding to all this the most romantic adventures in global planning, regeneration, and domination all to be done under the authority of a powerfully centralized government in which the executive will hold in effect all the powers with Congress reduced to the role of a debating society. There is your fascist. And the sooner America realizes this dreadful fact the sooner it will arm itself to make an end of American fascism masquerading under the guise of the champion of democracy.”
    — John T. Flynn, As We Go Marching, 1944

    Nothing Outside the State

    The areas of life that remain outside the government’s participation, taxation, subsidization, regulation, surveillance, and other intrusion or control have become so few and so trivial that they scarcely merit mention. We verge ever closer upon the condition in which everything that is not prohibited is required. Yet, the average American will declare loudly that he is a free man and that his country is the freest in the world. Thus, in a country where more and more is for the state, where virtually nothing is outside the State, and where, aside from pointless complaints, nothing against the State is permitted, Americans have become ideal fascist citizens. Like the average German during the years that Hitler ruled Germany, most Americans today, inhabiting one of the most pervasively controlled countries in the history of the world, think they are free.
    Robert Higgs

    “The State, both in its genesis and by its primary intention, is purely anti-social. It is not based on the idea of natural rights, but on the idea that the individual has no rights except those that the State may provisionally grant him. It has always made justice costly and difficult of access, and has invariably held itself above justice and common morality whenever it could advantage itself by so doing.”
    –Albert Jay Nock

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