June 16, 2015
It takes a lot of money—especially since these 5 men have been in office. Here is a 5 year history of taxes levied and the increases these 5 Commissioners have added to our property taxes since they have controlled the budget.
(You can click on chart to enlarge it.)
Last night at 6:00PM the BOC held its second public hearing on the FY16
(7/1/15-6/30/16) county budget. All 5 commissioners were in attendance, and all made comments. Only two citizens attended the meeting.
The following videos are posted so you can see and hear what was said at the meeting:
“This is the first budget this group of people have really had an opportunity to make a difference, and it takes money to make a difference.”—Gene Trammell
(Just a note: July1, 2013-June 30, 2014 was the first budget these men did. We are still waiting on the audit.)
Comm. Luke said he got the most complaints about dirt roads. He said 20 loads of gravel a week, at a cost of $6200 per week, is what the county spends.
(Note: He did not address how well this gravel is being used and where it is being used—such as uninhabited roads.)
Comm. Henry said the Sheriff’s department and Public Works are two big hits in this year’s budget. He also said, “Hopefully we will see that this money is well spent in the coming year.”
Comm. Pennamon says the millage rate is higher because the digest is lower in Jasper County. Comm. Luke says we have less population then other counties.
(Note: We have less population and less taxable property (the digest), but we also have less services than larger counties and higher taxes.)
Last year’s budget hearings were much the same, with excuses as to why they just had to increase the budget and raise our taxes 2 mils. Listen to the videos and remind yourself what was said. Comm. Trammell is doing most of the talking and explaining:
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