CITIZENS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE FY19 BUDGET BUT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO COMMENT ON IT THIS WEEK

June 17, 2018

As TWG has said before, “Public hearings are a total joke in this county.”

 

The BOC has another called meeting tomorrow night, June 18, about the FY19 Budget— Topic of discussion to include:  FY2019 Budget & Employee Health Insurance

JASPER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS  will have a CALLED MEETING on Monday, June 18th at 6:00 pm in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room – Ground Floor Ste. 16 – Jasper County Courthouse.   (There is no agenda posted on the BOC website as of 5PM 6/17/18.)

The BOC has already advertised for the public hearings for the FY19 budget, which will be held this Thursday, June 21 at 10:00am and 6:00pm.  But how can there be any public hearings when the public has never seen the final budget nor have they had an opportunity to review it?   The public copy of the budget has not been kept up to date, and trying to get any details from the county manager is a struggle.

At the BOC meeting this past Thursday, June 14, the health insurance figure was not finalized, but the figure being talked about was the “self-insured plan” with Cigna PPO of $700,000+.

Even without knowing the final budget figure, the BOC did agree to use the “roll-back” millage rate last Thursday and give 3% raises—but that figure  was still not included in the $10,406,545 budget.  Based on the handout from the meeting, the budget will be increased another 5% over last year or $365,298 plus $133,828 for wage increases.  For some reason the wage increases are added in separately on their own line item this year instead of by department.

As it stands now, it appears the FY19 Budget will be $10,540,373 and $372,119 more than expected revenues.  The BOC will take this overage out of “fund balance.”

Of note—debt payments will increase from $156,378 on the FY18 budget to $247,336 on the FY19 budget—at 58% increase.  Debt has increased steadily under this group of Commissioners for the past 6 years.  Debt now stands at $1,867,564, with $554,785 of this total being for Sheriff’s cars.

There is little doubt that these figures will change again tomorrow night, and the public will be even more clueless—just 2 days before the public hearing where the citizens are supposed to be able to voice their concerns or have their questions answered about the budget.  In the past, the BOC limited any comments to 3 minutes and did not answer any questions.  They had already set THEIR BUDGET and didn’t need any input from the citizens, whose only job is to pay for it all.  We have little doubt it will be any different this year.

 

TWG

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3 Responses to CITIZENS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE FY19 BUDGET BUT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO COMMENT ON IT THIS WEEK

  1. Let them hear you says:

    Since the commissioners do not listen or do not take what we say into consideration, there is only one thing we can do. Vote!

    Unfortunately most people are more interested in sports than in political policies.

  2. We Get What We Allow says:

    Representative government in Jasper County is a joke. What we have instead is government bent to the will of a clique of self-enriching opportunists who employ empty rhetoric and blatant lies to sell a few active albeit mostly ignorant voters more and more public debt at any cost under the ruse of growth, jobs and greater good.
    These people are not only are fake conservatives, but I sincerely doubt any really understand what to be “conservative “ even means nor could care less. They want what they want and any means to get it will justify whatever befalls the hapless Jasper County taxpayer in the process.
    Good luck righting this ship of fools, because it’s sinking fast.

    conservative
    [kuh n-sur-vuh-tiv]

    disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
    cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
    traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness:

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