October 6, 2016
During County Manager comments, Mike Benton reveals all sorts of interesting things, none of which are on the agenda.
At the 10/3/16 meeting we learned:
A new FIRE/EMS Director has been hired. Long time Jasper County employee, Chris Finch, who has also worked full time for Walton County was hired effective 10/10/16 as the new Fire/EMS director. His salary will be $51,675 per year. This revelation seemed to surprise some of the commissioners.
The policy in place says that the County Manager shall let the BOC know 2 weeks ahead of announcing the hiring of a department head. From the reaction, obviously that policy was not followed.
ISO rating released in writing. It is strange that no problems were put in writing by ISO, but they were talked about by some EMS & Fire personnel. The new ISO rating has been released in writing, and it is the same as it has been according to Mike Benton. The new rating is Class 05/5X.
In the chart below, you have the Earned Credit by Jasper County and the credits available. As you see, despite adding an extra $30,000 to the cost of the $250,000 to expedite a new fire truck, Jasper County’s rating is far from stellar.
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.