August 8, 2017
After Comm. Pennamon went over the new list of SPLOST projects—
$2,250,000 for the Sheriff’s offices, $2,250,000 for Roads, and $1,700,000 for a Recreation building —
Comm. Salmon asked where the $2M the BOC agreed to cut was going to come from for the projects dropped from SPLOST. He pushed to have the debt back up to $8.2M. (See items cut here)
Comm. Pennamon informed Comm. Salmon that the BOC didn’t say when they were going to purchase or fund the $2M of projects cut. Comm. Pennamon did say that those projects would be funded by using fund balance over future years.
Comm. Salmon wasn’t satisfied with that and went into his usual speech about fund balance. Comm. Pennamon pushed the BOC to get the amount of the debt borrowing (bonds) settled with a vote. He said the continued back and forth discussion was “going to confuse the general public.”
After the 4 to 1 vote with Comm. Salmon against, the BOC has decided to borrow $6.2M, knowing only $3.9M of revenue will be coming in. The citizens will have an opportunity to vote YES or NO on this in November. The projects will be presented as above; however, the SPLOST vote is about adding $6.2M of debt on top of our ever increasing property taxes instead of paying for things as money comes in.
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.