February 21, 2017
If you live in District 3 or not, the person that wins the Special Election in March will be helping to make decisions for all of us in Jasper County. Be informed, and inform those that vote in District 3.
Who will represent Jasper County and District 3 Best? Here are some questions and answers to help inform you of your choices.
Q: Does the county need someone to represent the current citizens of Jasper County or someone representing those promoting “progressive” government, “smart growth,” and “strategic planning”—all terms that sound good but mean more growth and more taxes?
A: Hays has said, “We have many important discussions and decisions coming very soon. We have to plan for the future and still be able to hold on to our rural lifestyle.” At a town hall meeting Hays said he was most concerned about the people presently living in Jasper County and their needs.
B: Jernigan has said, ““I agree with Gene Trammell as his wife, Jeanne, wrote recently in The Monticello News that we need smart growth. We need to improve and maintain our infrastructure, roads, water, fire and police protection, to meet the demands of our present and future residents.”
Q: Does the county need younger people or older people to serve in office?
- Hays is 30 years old, works in Monticello, and is raising his family in Jasper County.
- Jernigan is 67 years old and is retired.
Q: Does the county need a commissioner that understands the consequences of raising taxes and spending more and more money?
- Hays paid $1,182 in property taxes in 2015 and $1,297 in 2016. His residential property is valued at $99,500.
- Jernigan paid $167 in property taxes in 2015 and $167 in 2016. His residential property is valued at $16,200.
**A 20% increase in taxes (as we’ve had over the past 3 years) would mean a $253 increase for Hays and a $33 increase for Jernigan.
Q: Would it make sense to elect someone with a little knowledge of what is going on and is being discussed in BOC meetings?
- Hays has attended BOC meetings regularly since April 2015
- Jernigan has not attended any BOC meetings in the last 4 years—until he attended a work session on 2/13/17, a few days after he qualified to run.
TWG wonders Why has Don Jernigan decided to run for office all of sudden? He has never been interested enough before to even attend BOC meetings and know what is going on.
What questions do you have? Ask them and get answers before you vote!
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.