October 3, 2017
The BOC had lots of talk—much repeated from a previous meeting, and little accomplished. Here’s what happened–
- Discussion on New 4-H Vehicle—Cost -approx. $45,000+–TABLED until next meeting so where funds will come from will be determined.
- Barr Bridge Abutment Repair Bid Results-$168,000 to $198,000 with $69,000 of that figure for “traffic control.” –-BIDS REJECTED—too high for what was being done.
- Goolsby Rd Paving Bid Results—2.2 miles—no bids figures listed –NO BIDS RECEIVED!
- Request to Purchase ADA Compliant Van with Wheelchair Lift – Senior Center-Cost- approx. $51,500– TABLED until next meeting so where funds will come from will be determined.
- Request to Increase Budget for Janitorial Services for Senior Center- Cost-$3900–APPROVED
- Request to Purchase a Storage Building with 2012 SPLOST Funds – Senior Center-Cost $3850—APPROVED $4150 for larger/taller building
- 911 Service Communications System Update—Cost $35,229—THIS WAS NOT APPROVED, BUT SERVICES WERE ALREADY IN WORKS. Did not understand how this was already being done and BOC never approved.
- Triple Point Engineering Landfill Compliance & Engineering Consulting Services Proposal – Kent McCormick—Cost – $64,150 per year PLUS additional for consultation, etc.—APPROVED.
Total costs approved were $107,429 (includes 911 which is being spent). Total costs that will be approved but tabled until next meeting $96,500.
Everyone already knows where the $96,500 will come from—contingency. This is money the BOC budgets as emergency money, but usually becomes a slush fund. Taxpayers are taxed more to set up this “contingency” fund, and have been overtaxed approximately $500,000 per year for the last 3-4 years.
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.