May 13, 2016
Almost daily the deal makers– two commissioners—Pennamon and Trammell—and economic development director, David Dyer meet.
David Dyer makes $65,000 per year plus expenses plus mileage and sometimes a bonus as Jasper County’s Economic Development Director. It seems he spends most of his time with Trammell and Pennamon.
Gene Trammell has said in regular BOC meetings and at both candidate forums that David Dyer has 6 or 7 deals in the works. You know, businesses coming to Jasper County to bring us jobs and “growth.” But these businesses only come if the taxpayers back millions in bonds or put up 10 years of property tax abatements or put up half-a-million dollars in SPLOST money or all these incentives.
The taxpayers keep paying higher property taxes while supporting the economic development director and the deals “The 3” bring to Jasper County.
For real insight into the “deals” and what they mean for local and state taxpayers, read “How Local Taxpayers Bankroll Corporations,” a NY Times article:
Georgia spends at least $1.4 Billion per year on incentive programs. Remember that while you are paying gas tax, sales tax, property tax, tag taxes, and more to the State. In addition, the counties give away who knows how much in property taxes, general fund money, and SPLOST money for incentives. It’s called “progress” y’all, progress!