July 8, 2015
Before the BOC set the millage rate, each commissioner made his comments on why taxes are going up. See if you agree with any of them.
District 1–Comm. Pennamon
Comm. Pennamon said they didn’t do good job on the budget because they weren’t aware of all the revenue sources. (Earlier in comments a citizen pointed out that the budget was padded by not including all the revenues.)
He also said they need a better handle on these things before they start the budget process. Pennamon admitted they were in a very difficult situation because the FY14 audit was not done. He said he wants a substantial roll back in taxes next year.
District 2—Comm. Henry
Comm. Henry said he doesn’t like it that taxes are going up. But he said the Sheriff is being funded with what he says he needs, and with Public Works the focus is going to be on getting the roads straightened out.
He also said they are starting to bring businesses in here, and continued that taxes can’t go down without industry here. Henry said he didn’t feel good, but he didn’t feel bad about the tax increase. He said he feels they are doing what they need to do.
District 3—Comm. Trammell
Comm. Trammell said, “Neither do I like taxes, but sitting on this side of the table I know where they are going and where they are needed.”
He also said the cost of removing the remaining fiber at the landfill is the 900 pound gorilla, and it is the reason they aren’t decreasing the millage rate. (TWG comment—yet he’s willing to take $200,000 out of the curbside/landfill account to balance the budget!)
District 4—Comm. Salmon
Comm. Salmon said he would hold his comments until the budget discussion. Those comments were about Animal Control where he tried to make accusations without accurate information. (This will be an upcoming blog post.)
District 5—Comm. Luke
Comm. Luke started off with saying, “I believe fully in what we are trying to do to move this county forward. “
Luke also said folks in the city are happy about what is going on, of course, because a lot of what goes on in the City is being funded by County. He admitted that calls and emails from citizens gave him a different perspective about things.
BOC VOTE ON MILLAGE RATE
The BOC voted on approving the millage rate of 17.446 for the county plus 1.00 mils for the hospital.
The vote was 4-1 to approve the millage rate. Comm. Luke said he believed in it fully, but then voted against it.
How does this affect you?
Dig deep, citizens, dig deep, because Jasper County is “moving forward” with this BOC.
Be informed! Get involved!