February 10, 2016
Back in October 2015 when it was revealed that JDA was going to sell their property for a big loss, TWG reported that money was due to Jasper County from taxes collected on property in Stanton Springs. See STANTON SPRINGS-JDA SELLS LAND ANNUALLY. WHERE IS JASPER’S 10% SHARE?
Since that time we have discovered that over $430,000 has been collected by Newton County on land sold to TPA/JC Flex over the past 10 years. None of this money has been distributed to the other 3 counties per the Four County Development Authority /Joint Development Authority agreement.
In defense of the Newton County tax commissioner, she didn’t realize that she was to pay out any money collected from JC Flex. She told the JDA board that the Tax Commissioners in the 4 counties have never been included and know nothing about what JDA is doing; she asked that they start being informed.
Watch this video where the Newton County Tax Commissioner addresses the JDA at their January meeting.
A problem has developed in that the Newton County Tax Commissioner wants to give the other counties only the M&O money collected. The other counties believe it should be ALL tax money collected—this would include the school taxes.
Listen to the following video which was filmed today at a Special Called meeting and work session of JDA at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center. Speaking is Carl Pennamon (JDA member) and Andrea Gray (JDA Attorney).
Even though the agreement says ALL (and TWG does have a copy of that agreement), the taxpayers of each county are now going to pay their county attorney and the JDA attorney to sit down together on February 16 and discuss, “in their individual legal opinions”, what ALL means!
Why are the School Board attorneys for each county left out of this discussion? The schools are the ones that will be missing out on the money if ALL doesn’t include those school taxes.