Category Archives: Open Government

THE BIGGEST THREAT TO JASPER COUNTY

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 … Continue reading

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THE WOOD FLOORING PLANT—WAS A SCAM PERPETRATED ON THE TAXPAYERS OF JASPER COUNTY?

March 24, 2018 The DAJC through its director, David Dyer, has told the TWG that they will not honor the open records request for documents concerning the wood flooring plant…due to “pending litigation.”  Note to DAJC—pending litigation is not an … Continue reading

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HAS THE TAXPAYER-BACKED WOOD FLOORING PLANT CLOSED?

March 21, 2018 Rumors have been rampant since before Christmas that the “Wood Flooring Plant” (Thompson & Thwaite, LLC) has closed.  Reliable sources have told us again this week that the plant is closed.  TWG submitted an open records request … Continue reading

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JDA AGREES TO FLOAT $42 BILLION IN “PHANTOM BONDS” FOR FACEBOOK DEAL

January 25, 2018 Based on documents received through open records, here are a few items gleaned from scanning the 166 page Bond Resolution.  Facebook is referred to as Morning Hornet LLC in the documents.The bonds will be issued as “phantom … Continue reading

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Why have public hearings become such a joke? And who will benefit from the $9.5M Water/Megasite Project?

January 17, 2018 Public hearings are required by law; however, they no longer seem to serve the purpose of allowing citizens and taxpayers to express their opinion about an upcoming project before the final decision is made.  There are two … Continue reading

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CONSULTANT ADMITS NO PROJECTED POPULATION GROWTH BUT CITY NEEDS $9.5M USDA LOAN FOR WATER

January 13, 2018 The City “public hearing” on the USDA loan was little more than a way to check off a box on the USDA loan list of things to do.  Four citizens were allowed to speak less than 3 … Continue reading

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BOMBSHELL: CITY OF MONTICELLO TO GET $9.5 MILLION USDA LOAN AND SET UTILITY RATES TO INSURE COVERAGE OF DEBT SERVICE

January 3, 2018 If you want to know more or have comments about this loan and corresponding debt and possible utility rate increases, attend the public hearing on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 5:30PM at City Hall. Last February, City … Continue reading

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