May 18, 2016
At the budget meeting Monday night, Comm. Luke made the case for cutting the budget and property taxes. Watch this video:
“Not everyone thinks the value increase is warranted, me included.”—Doug Luke
“They must go through the appeals process. File an appeal.”—Carl Pennamon said as he flung his hands in the air.
“Lynn [Bentley] is not voted on, we are. I’m telling you because if she was, she’d be in trouble right now. Big Time!”—Doug Luke
“We have to do all we can do to help the people that are hurting because people are hurting.” –-Doug Luke
“I’m going to defend Lynn.” –Gene Trammell (as he sat through Doug Luke’s comments with his head in his hand.) Trammell then defended her by saying the values had to be at 40%. The law says—“The standard for the level of assessment for all classes of property will be in compliance with the Code if values are greater than 36% and lower than 44%.” Would Jasper County’s values still comply if they had not been raised again this year?
Gene Trammell likes spending money and has pushed higher budgets each year he has been in office. Doug Luke seems to have finally had enough. Trammell has been good about cutting off the other commissioners and trying to get his way with issues; however, Doug Luke seems to be willing to stand his ground this time. Call Doug Luke and encourage him to keep pushing to cut the budget and cut the millage rate!
Instead of having the next budget meeting as scheduled, Tuesday 5/17/16 at 6:00PM, the BOC decided to move it to tonight, 5/18/16 at 6:00PM. Even though, the BOC won’t let the public question or comment on anything on the budget, it is obvious that people are calling these Commissioners, and need to continue to do so. Click here for their phone numbers.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.