April 19, 2018
Tonight at 6:00PM at City Hall there will be another Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) meeting between the elected officials of the City of Monticello and Jasper County. The last meeting was where the City comes in, gives (or previously sends) the county a list of demands, and then expects the county to pay for everything the City wants.
What will happen at this meeting? We expect, first and foremost, the City will again try to push their code enforcement on the county taxpayers to pay. Second, they want the County to give up Jasper County Water and Sewer Authority’s territory for their new water “Megasite”. After that, there is a continuing list of demands such as a parking deck in town, paying for the City’s water hydrants , having the County totally fund the library, and anything else that the City Council can think of.
It appears that more than two commissioners are planning to attend the meeting since a notice was finally posted on the courthouse door yesterday. This is despite the fact that the Mayor, who is always talking about transparency, only wanted the BOC chairman and him, the city and county attorneys, and the city and county managers to meet together and discuss the SDS.
These behind closed doors meetings about Code Enforcement have been going on for the last two years, according to the Mayor and the BOC chairman. Why, since Mayor Standifer continually talks about transparency? We find it interesting that this meeting was called on the same day and at the same time as the P&Z hearing. Was that to make sure people could not attend?
It will be interesting to see what deals are made at the meeting tonight. We are anxious to see just whom the Board of Commissioners represent and how much more the county taxpayers will have to pay to support City services.
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.