April 12, 2016
During the last SPLOST work session on April 10, those attending repeatedly heard about the new $7.5 million bond/debt the BOC is proposing and how it will not cost the property owners (taxpayers of this county) anything.
This group of Commissioners has consistently added more debt to the county over the last 4 years, and now have plans to heap on another $7.5 million on top, to be paid over the next 25 to 30 years (they haven’t decided on the term yet). In addition, they are proposing a $3.9 million SPLOST.
The BOC can not say NO to all the WANTS submitted; so rather than make cuts, it seems to be easier to just add debt. The BOC says this plan will solve lots of “problems”, but it appears to us that the biggest problem of all is indebting the county for 30 years.
BUT all this debt for the next 25 years “won’t cost the taxpayers anything.” How is that?
They say all this new revenue is going to come gushing in from Stanton Springs (Joint Development Authority/ 4 County Dev Authority) starting in 2018, and by 2020 it will be at least $480,000 a year to pay for this debt. They all swear the millage rate will not go up. (Note: Comm. Henry did not attend this meeting.)
JASPER COUNTY BOC FAMOUS LAST WORDS TO REMEMBER—
*Bear Creek Reservoir is a great thing. It will bring us millions of dollars in water revenue. (The reservoir has never existed and there are no plans for it to exist. However, Newton County has been soaked for tens of millions of dollars in land deals and professional fees.)
*Jasper County Water and Sewer won’t cost the taxpayers a dime. (This BOC voted to pay JCWSA from county funds for 31 years.)
YOU are going to be asked to vote to approve this debt in November. Will you be alive 30 years from now to see it paid off, or will your children end up responsible for it?
There are many more details to come—stay tuned….
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.