August 30, 2016
Despite the agenda for the EMS discussion still being on the door, and still up on the county website at 8PM last night, the BOC pulled a bait and switch last night with the help of county attorney Jim Alexander. All commissioners were present, and none objected to the switch.
Open meetings violations:
1. False agenda posted
2. Meeting not called to order
Of course, this is how this BOC has handled everything they don’t want the public to know about before they vote. The new JDA (Joint Development Authority/Stanton Springs/4 County Development Authority) has decided on a new 50 year intergovernmental agreement, and they want all the counties to sign off.
It was obvious last night the members of the BOC knew nothing about the agreement, other than Carl Pennamon (who is on the JDA) and Gene Trammell (his daily side kick). Both Bruce Henry and Doug Luke voiced concerns about being pushed to approve this. Doug Luke said he wanted to read it first!!
If Craig Salmon wants to get rid of county attorney, Jim Alexander, maybe he should do so based on another gross violation of open meetings and pushing a 50-year agreement without anyone being able to read it and ask questions ahead of time. What Jim Alexander says and what turns out to be fact, can and have been two entirely different things. Whatever needs to be said to get the goal accomplished, is how it works.
We must repeat what we’ve said numerous times–If this is such a great deal, then why can’t the public and all the commissioners see it first?
We will have video and more details in a day or two. Stay tuned because this is not like the original promises. JDA now gets a budget that they set and receive money for first, and then their debt is paid before the counties get anything. In addition, the county tax commissioner that collects the property taxes (which would be Walton & Newton County), gets at 2.5% commission off the top. This would be an extra 2.5% for Newton and/or Walton counties.
Wake up Jasper County! You have already put over $900,000 in this project as your 10% with no return on your money!