July 14, 2016
Please, don’t tell us taxpayer’s money—yes, a grant is taxpayer’s money—is going to buy “some old property” as Comm. Trammell revealed at the last BOC meeting. Is this “old property” the Old Washington Park School building?
The Development Authority of Jasper County (DAJC) has certainly been discussing the old Washington Park School for the past several months. It has been one of their “projects”— a project that gets tax incentives to come here while Jasper County citizens get higher taxes.
TWG has asked for a copy of the grant award through open records, but we were told it is secret since it involves “real estate acquisition.”
Citizens voiced their concerns repeatedly and asked the BOC not to buy this building a few years ago when the School Board put it up for sale. Concerns included the cost of fixing up the old Washington Park School and the asbestos problems it has.
In December 2013, J.E. Winston (of Macon) bought the building and 3.2 acres for $7,535 from the School Board through an online auction. In May 2014, this property was sold to Monticello Studios, LLC for $60,000. The tax assessors have it valued at $81,100 for 2016, and have this property classified as A-4 Agriculture.
Is the old Washington Park School the property the DAJC is considering with its $400,000 grant? If so, how much will it cost and who is going to benefit?
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.