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.



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  1. You can fool some people says:

    Did the commissioners ask Public Works to put up signs on any road that looks decent, regardless if SPLOST money was used or not?

    If so, that reeks of desperation, not to mention skullduggery.

    If I can’t trust the commissioners to be honest, I can’t trust that they will use the money as they tout it. I will vote NO.

  2. Stop the debt says:

    I am diabolically opposed to debt. It does not make any sense for a sparsely populated county with high taxes to borrow money, wasting a portion of what little we have on interest charges.

    I believe we should spend money after it is received. Collect SPLOST money and then use it. Immediate gratification is what gets you in trouble every time. I was taught to not spend money I don’t have. Living within my means has served me well.

    I cannot support SPLOST because of the debt associated with it.

  3. Don't be fooled again says:

    SPLOST has always been incorrectly portrayed.

    It’s not a penny, it is 1 percent of every dollar you spend.

    We are told that the “out of towners” are paying most of the SPLOST. We are told that Jasper County is an outflow county, meaning Jasper County residents are spending more money outside the county than within. These two statements are in direct opposition to each other.

    I don’t see tourist flocking to Jasper County spending money.

    We have been told that if we vote for SPLOST, our property taxes will not increase. When does the not increase start? My taxes keep going up despite SPLOST approval.

    Don’t be fooled. I will vote no.

  4. Nothing for some says:

    The commissioners only seem to care about recreation and pleasing the sheriff. The SPLOST will not provide a penny for EMS, Fire, Animal Control, and Senior Center.

    Our property taxes will increase again to fund maintenance, equipment, cleaning, etc. for the new buildings plus pay for capital improvements for the departments that do not get anything from the upcoming SPLOST.

    The SPLOST pie is only so large. Cutting it into 3 large pieces instead of giving everyone a little nibble just does not make sense to me.

    I will note NO on SPLOST.

  5. Deceptive BS says:

    You are so right. Here in Gwinnett and other counties they place signs at parks and road projects proclaiming “paid for with splost—Your pennies at work”. This is totally deceptive BS. When you build a house and costs run well into the six figures those pennies run into thousands of dollars. Most taxpayers are so stupid they can not figure out the difference between a penny tax and a one percent tax. Growing up in Georgia, the sales tax used to be three percent. Now look at the present rate added of 7% or so. It seems like there is no end to the increases.

    Thank you for at least trying to educate the ignorant. It is a shame you can not fix the stupid ones.

    Have a great week!!

  6. Richard says:

    Sad to say but the uninformed public voter will fall for this ploy everytime. They don’t seem to be able to figure out what is being done to them. I fight sales tax everytime it is placed on the ballot in Washington County. I wish you folks the best of luck with educating your public.

  7. No new debt says:

    I for one will be voting no for the SPLOST as the sheriff has resources now that he received for free and doesn’t use. It seems that He received space at Larry’s four way for free and doesn’t use it I’ve seen a sheriffs car there once. I say give him some office trailers until the taxes roll in from the new subdivision. As far as a rec building what a waste of money that will be. Use the gym at the school. I say give these money hungry commissioners nothing not one red cent until they wise up and fix our crumbling infrastructure .

  8. Taxed enough! says:

    Thank you for that heads up! I pay more than enough already for nothing I can see for my money! I do not care what it is for!!!!

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