PROPOSED SPLOST DEBT SO LARGE THAT PENNAMON WANTS FINANCIAL ADVISOR

July 30, 2017

Comm. Pennamon suggested getting a financial advisor to help with the proposed $8.3M SPLOST debt.  

The Jasper County BOC has posted a “Called Meeting” for Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6:00PM.  The only item on the agenda is:

Old Business:      2018 SPLOST Planning

Golly!  Haven’t they done 2018 SPLOST planning for 4 months now?  What new and interesting item may they add Monday night?

Could it be the Financial Advisor that Comm. Pennamon suggested??  Start at 1:00 on the video–

Miraculously, this financial advisor had just called the County Manager, Mike Benton, a few days before Pennamon suggested it.  What a coincidence!

After this suggestion by Comm. Pennamon last Monday, Mike Benton said he would call the advisor back and set up a meeting.  Is this what the 7/31/17 meeting is about?  The agenda doesn’t tell us.

So far the BOC has proposed the 2018 SPLOST with $3,900,000 of projected income and $8,280,132 of proposed expenditures, creating a corresponding debt burden of $8,280,132 plus interest.  This debt will supposedly be paid with SPLOST revenues and with Baxter/Shire/Stanton Springs/Four County Development Authority revenues.  (We mention all these names because the BOC has used all these names for the same JDA-Joint Development Authority.)

Comm. Pennamon said he wanted the Financial Advisor to give them advice on how long the loan term should be.  Comm. Henry said that decision should be up to the BOC, not an outside advisor. 

Of course, there was no mention of cost, but if he is used, will the advisor’s fee be based on the amount of the loan?

TWG

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P&Z HEARING –IT WASN’T ABOUT IF, BUT HOW

July 29, 2017

The P&Z Hearing Thursday night was never about IF a subdivision could be built on the Key Estate property on Jackson Lake Rd., it was about HOW it would be built. 

Following are highlights of that meeting—watch the videos to get much more information-

Developers, Jim Deals & John Snow, each spoke to the P&Z Board.  They said they started with bank owned property, and had revitalized 25 communities that banks had taken back in six (6) different states.  They said they had developed 50 properties in the last 7 years, and now they are creating new developments. 

A brief description of the plans for “The Peninsula at Lake Jackson” by one of the developers, John Snow follows–

When asked by the P&Z Chair if they had done any studies, John Snow said no, but explained they were making a big monetary commitment and were sure it would sell—

Jim Deals explained to the P&Z Board how the property would be marketed, and that conservation subdivisions would not work because people want bigger lots–

The developers say that a conservation subdivision will not work, but a local attorney spoke about all the benefits of a conservation subdivision—and that this rule was voted in for a reason–

After all the people that signed in spoke (the courtroom was full), P&Z Vice Chair, Lee Holman, made a motion to deny since the developers could not say they were setting any land aside for greenspace.  One of the developers did say that driving through the subdivision, would be like driving through a State Park.  No one 2nd Mr. Holman’s motion, and it died.

Chair Justin Owens made a motion to approve the subdivision as a conventional subdivision.  This motion passed 4 to 1 with Holman against.

 

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PENNAMON & JERNIGAN TAG-TEAM TO PUMMEL HENRY

July 27, 2017

How dare Comm. Henry think about cuts to bring down the amount the county plans to borrow—now up to $8.2M.

There have been two public hearings about the proposed SPLOST and the $8.2M list of projects wanted by the BOC.  After the 2nd hearing, Comm. Henry made a suggestion to have a $1.5M recreation building instead of a $2.3M building so the county would borrow “only”$7.5MComm. Pennamon accused him of “picking on Recreation”, and Comm. Jernigan jumped right in to help pummel Comm. Henry.

When Comm. Henry asked Comm. Pennamon what his ideas were for cuts, of course Comm. Pennamon didn’t have any.  He wants to spend as much as possible, and putting the county in debt for 15 or 20 or 25 years doesn’t seem to bother him.  Pennamon says “everybody wants it,” meaning the SPLOST and the $8.2M of debt.  Who is everybody?

The people “wanting” and “needing” these things are the county employees.  They and their staff/employees will be out “selling” the projects, Comm. Pennamon said so. 

The people without a voice or an opportunity to decide on the list are the ones that PAY for it all—the taxpayers.  They are given a few minutes in a public hearing to voice their opinion after 4 months of SPLOST work sessions with the decisions already made.  Comm. Henry may be the only one that cared about what those, that took the time to attend, had to say.

Comm. Pennamon implies “no one cares anyway” because only two people showed up to speak.  A recent blog post said it well, Been to public hearings in this county. Might as well talk to that unpaved road.

Comm. Henry asks if the don’t think they can build a nice Rec building for $1.5M.  Comm. Jernigan replies, “We need to build the Rec building for the children because they will take care of us when we are old.”

Comm. Henry was definitely tag-teamed and beat up some because he had ideas about how to cut and still have something very nice without so much debt.  Comm. Luke was absent again, but the other three like the big spending and big debt ideas better.

YOUR VOTE IN NOVEMBER WILL DETERMINE IF YOU LIKE LOTS OF DEBT AND HIGHER TAXES TO SUPPORT IT OR NOT.

TWG

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REMINDER: P&Z HEARING THURSDAY, 7/27/17, AT 7:OOPM

July 26, 2017

The public hearing will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00PM in the small courtroom upstairs in the courthouse.

Key Family Holdings, LLC, also shown as Key Estate on documents filed with the P&Z office, is asking for a conventional subdivision rather than the required conservation subdivision, which sets aside greenspace for any development this large.  A sale of the property to a developer is contingent upon the rezoning.

Here is an example of a conventional subdivision vs a conservation or open space design subdivision.  The number of lots is the same, but the conservation layout saves greenspace, views, wetlands, etc.

Which plan will it be?  That will be the question before the P&Z board tomorrow night.  Plan to attend if you are concerned or merely interested.  It is our county, and it should be developed the way the citizens that live here want it to be developed.

TWG

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IT WAS A BOND, NOW IT’S JUST BORROWING MONEY.  JDA REVENUE WAS GOING TO HELP PAY THE DEBT, NOW THE BOC SAYS “THEY NEVER SAID THAT.”

July 25, 2017

Constant changes and confusion….it’s how they get you to vote on what they “say” before you know all the facts.

Do you know what you will be voting on in November with the 2018 SPLOST?  The purpose seems to be to keep you so confused that you won’t know all the details and you will just vote yes.

If the referendum is as confusing as the conversation was (see video below), people will have no clue what they are voting for.  But isn’t that the purpose? 

The BOC has talked about certain SPLOST projects for months, then changed some of it right before the public hearing. 

A citizen asked if there were going to be plans the citizens could see before the vote.  Uhhh, no!

The BOC also talked about a $7.5M bond—people have to vote for a bond.  That is now changed to “borrowing money,” maybe from the bank, but you won’t be voting on that.  The debt—now up to $8.2M –will be part of the SPLOST vote. 

 

The BOC said the JDA (Stanton Springs) money would come in about 2020 and it would help make the payments for the “bond”/debt.  Watch at 47 seconds on video.  When questioned about JDA money, Comm. Pennamon says they were “expecting” the money to come in from JDA; they didn’t say it would pay the debt.  (He is on the JDA board so maybe he knows something we don’t.)

Ooops, but yet in April the BOC said JDA (Stanton Springs) revenues would pay on the debt, and that was reported in the Monticello News.  Comm. Salmon just last week posted on the TWG Facebook page — “As far as the $7,500,000 bond, it would be contingent upon the 2018 SPLOST passing. The SPLOST would generate $3,800,000 over 6 years. Then our investment in Staton Springs [JDA] will start paying off in a short time to take care of the remainder of the obligation.”

Next, the BOC and all those that have their WANTS, have to “sell” the project and get your YES vote. 

THEN you will find out how much debt you and your children will be liable for and how much your taxes will go up to pay for it…you know when JDA doesn’t pay off or SPLOST funds fall short.

TWG

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ZONING HEARING FOR 231.70 ACRE SUBDIVISION ON JACKSON LAKE RD.

July 21, 2017

You may have missed it because the ad says “Advertisement for Special Exception,” which does not really let the public know it is a zoning hearing for a “special exception” to the current rules.

Key Family Holdings, LLC, also shown as Key Estate on documents filed with the P&Z office, is asking for a conventional subdivision rather than the required conservation subdivision, which sets aside greenspace for any development this large.  A sale of the property to a developer is contingent upon the rezoning.

The public hearing will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 7:00PM in the BOC meeting room.

(click on map to enlarge)

Details about the subdivision plan:

  • Gated community with “upper end” houses
  • Located on Jackson Lake Rd., west of Turtle Cove, across from Cook Rd.
  • All lots greater than 1 acre
  • Plan submitted shows 65 dockable lots, 12 waterfront lots and 43 interior lots (120 lots)
  • Total acreage shown on application is 222.53, while 231.70 is advertised
  • Tax map 025C parcel 082
  • RL-3 zoning requires 1800 sq ft houses
  • JCWSA to provide water to subdivision


Information provided to show “value to the county”:

  • 120 houses at $250,000 average cost each
  • 65 Dockable lots at $160,000 average cost each
  • 12 Waterfront lots at $50,000 average cost each
  • 36 Interior lots at $30,000 average cost each
  • 7 Above average interior lots at $75,000 cost each
  • 65 docks valued at $20,000 each
  • Estimated total value to be taxed would be almost $44,000,000

If you have concerns or want to know more, attend the hearing next Thursday or call Shane Sealy at 706-468-4905.

TWG

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PRIORITIES, WHAT ARE THE PRIORITIES?

 Whu d’ya have? Buildings or roads? 25 years of debt?  It is up to you!

July 17, 2017

Commissioners complain about not being able to pave roads because they don’t have enough money.   And, according to Comm. Pennamon, the Public Works crew does not have enough vehicles to get everyone to their respective work areas.

But what are the priorities of the BOC?

Building more buildings—big buildings –multi-million dollar buildings—for Recreation and for Administrative offices, training rooms, and a fitness and locker room for the Sheriff’s department.

A new Public Works building has been talked about a long time, and $300,000 was set aside sometime around 2011.  However, this project has been scratched from the SPLOST list. 

Public Works is using the old work camp/jail as offices.  It is probably 50 years old or older:

Public Works uses a building that is falling in (among other problems) to work on equipment:

But the Jasper County BOC’s priorities are $2.5M for a Rec building, $2.5M for administrative addition at the Sheriff’s office, and $2.5M for roads (that will give you about 5 miles of roads).  And to accomplish this, they want you to vote in a 25 year bond.  Will your road be one of the 5 miles paved when you are asked to vote for a $7.5M bond debt of 25 years?

Watch Comm. Luke tell the public why roads can’t get paved—it costs about $500,000 per 1/2 mile—

Watch Comm. Pennamon ask the Sheriff if he can let Public Works have one of his old, out of service cars so everyone at Public Works can get to their work area in the county—

Priorities, priorities.  What is really important to the people of Jasper County?  You have a chance to say at 3 public hearings—each one at 6:00PM.
            Thursday, July 20
            Monday, July 24
            Thursday, July 27

TWG

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