SALMON WANTED TO ADD $200,000 OR MORE TO THE BUDGET FIGURE RIGHT BEFORE THE VOTE
May 28, 2017
Interrupting a motion to accept the $10,041,274 FY18 budget, Commissioner Salmon sidetracks the board with what he suggests is a “dangerous question.” He says he just thought of this the day before.
Bowing to Comm. Salmon’s wishes, both the EMS director and County Manager spent a day coming up with figures. These figures that are little more than lowball projections.
EMS Director Chris Finch talked to the BOC about new ambulance service out of Station 7 at Farrar, with a projected cost of $304,000 per year. This does NOT include adding on living quarters to the station or buying another ambulance.
If the ambulance idea didn’t work, Salmon and Finch had plan B ready—build a new fire station either in the Clay Road area or the Liberty Church Road area. Salmon says the lower ISO rating would offset the tax increases. Of course everyone in the county would pay for the tax increase, while only people within 5 miles of the fire station would get the benefit of a lower ISO rating (IF that occurred). It is hard to understand how Jasper County has an ISO of 5 when we don’t have fire hydrants around the county. Part of the ISO is the ability to pump water for a length of time.
Watch Finch’s comments on a new fire station starting around 18:00 in the video below. His projections do not include land acquisition, grading, electric, etc. Again, this is another lowball projection to try to convince the BOC to spend more money.
Projections never include cost of extra insurance, maintenance, increasing health insurance for more employees, etc.
Doug Luke questions the projections and fights hard to lower the millage rate–details in the next blog.
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