April 11, 2018
Do you know what is considered to be the biggest threat to Jasper County? It is not poor roads or lack of infrastructure. It is not high property taxes. It is not wasteful spending or ever increasing debt.
NO! It is something much worse—NEGATIVITY!!
At the Comprehensive Plan meeting—a meeting where there was planning for the future of Jasper County—the Chamber of Commerce President, Pam Mayer, declared that one of the biggest threats to Jasper County was “negativity and naysayers.”
Heaven forbid if anyone dares to question the agenda of the Chamber or the Development Authority, the lack of code enforcement, wasteful spending, purchasing a $4M piece of property with more debt, sky-high utility bills, or giving away 10 years of property taxes and losing $1.8M in bond money.
Now there is a real definition for negativity, and then there is a definition that politicians and so-called leaders use. Negativity is a label used for any idea that does not go along with or questions the agenda the politicians and the “community leaders” have. You are considered negative if you question spending, question conflicts of interest, question high taxes, and even question tax giveaways to high powered companies that pay no tax while the property owners in our small county continue to pay more and more.
The “Negativity” label is used to keep people quiet, and keep them from questioning what goes on and who benefits.
The biggest threat to Jasper County is keeping pertinent information from the citizens so they cannot be informed and make good decisions. How dare some negative person find something out and spill the beans to inform people and actually tell the TRUTH!!
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.