October 31, 2018

There was an ad this past week in the paper for a public hearing on the “Capital Improvements Element (CIE) of the Development Impact Fee Program—whatever that is—to take place 11/5/18 at 6:00PM.   The following letter below was put in the paper as a letter to the editor. 

The day after the letter was published, the BOC posted this on their Facebook page:

Unfortunately, the link on the BOC website does NOT post any documents showing what this public hearing is all about.All they did was post the same ad that was in the paper.  How is that for “keeping people informed?”


Dear Editor:

I noticed an ad this past week in the paper for a public hearing on the “Capital Improvements Element (CIE) of the Development Impact Fee Program—whatever that is—to take place 11/5/18.

The BOC has not discussed this item at any recent meeting, and there is nothing on their website for the public to know what this means or what is involved.  How do you speak at a public hearing about something you know nothing about and there is NO readily available information to review or study?

The notice says you can go by the BOC office to VIEW it.  Many people in this county would have to drive 20 minutes to get to the courthouse to “view” something that should be on the county website and available under a PUBLIC HEARINGS tab.  The ad also says you can email Mike Benton to get a copy; that is if he gets around to sending you a copy within three days or so.  If not, you will have to email him again to remind him.

The only reason we have public hearings is because they are required by law.  You would also think the requirement would also mean that the BOC should (or would want to) put an article in the paper to let everyone know “what it is all about” and why it is important.  There are so many things that the BOC (and City Council) does that affects our future, but we are kept in the dark and uninformed until they have voted and approved these things.  Recent examples include the Comprehensive Plan with the future land use map and the Service Delivery agreement, which no one knows exactly what the County and City agreed to.

It should not be the job of citizens to DIG for information to find out what is going on.  Instead it should be the job the elected officials to INFORM us of what they are doing and how it will affect us so we can decide how we feel about an issued and then voice our opinions. 

Mary Patrick


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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