October 16, 2017
The BOC, Chamber of Commerce, and others like to tell us “it’s only a penny”, but it is a whole lot more than that. It is additional property taxes year after year PLUS that “penny” on every dollar you spend.
The $5,000,000 SPLOST is being promoted as “your pennies at work.” It will be much more than that because in addition to the 1% sales tax, the BOC will be borrowing $3,500,000 and paying approximately $500,000 in interest to fund their projects. They also plan to tax you an additional $600,000 to give the Sheriff more than the $1,600,000 building addition being advertised.
According to Commissioner Salmon , this extra $600,000 will be transferred from fund balance (which was generated by overtaxing property owners.) This is after the County Manager and Finance Manager said it would be hard to take $1,000,000 out of fund balance to fund the extra on the Sheriff’s new $2,200,000 administrative building. Comm. Luke said he was willing to fund things “in a different way than the borrowing scheme.” Listen to what is discussed before you vote!
Earlier Comm. Luke told the BOC that “the money just isn’t there.”
With the 2018 SPLOST, you are being asked to vote on a building program that will increase county debt and raise your taxes. Year after year, you will pay additional property taxes to maintain the new Sheriff’s building and Recreation building, pay for more insurance on the new buildings, and pay more employees to staff the new buildings.
It seems we are being deceived about what the ballot says, and what is really going to happen.
By voting Yes on SPLOST you are agreeing to tax yourself an additional 1% of the cost of every purchase plus add debt to the county plus add more to your property tax bill. The decision is yours, but do not say you had no idea when the new, bigger property tax bill shows up in 2019 and following 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.