February 13, 2013
JASPER BOC COULD LEARN FROM CITY OF
The City of Monticello holds meetings the second
Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM. They have a '"real"
agenda--one that citizens actually know what will be discussed. See a
copy of their agenda
here. Compare this to one of the BOC meeting
agendas where nothing is explained and no one really knows what will be
The council allows citizens to speak before
the meeting and after the meeting. The
BOC used to allow agenda comments before the meeting and then citizen comments
after the meeting, but was this was stopped in early 2010 and has never been
The City Council members actually speak to
the citizens, answer their questions, pay attention to their comments, and take
notes! This is so much different than the
BOC that sits and stares at each citizen and never comments or else looks down
and acts like the citizens don’t matter.
At the end of the City Council meeting, each
council member can make comments about anything they please. Some thank people, some make comments, but
they have the opportunity to say what they want. The BOC never says anything and the meetings
with the new BOC seem to be scripted from beginning to end.
The City Council has some good meetings and
allows citizens to be involved. They
actually had discussion on every issue at last night’s meeting. It doesn’t mean all of them agree, but they
did express their ideas, concerns, etc. in open meeting and the public
attending could understand what was going on.
The new BOC should go to these meetings, take notes, and try
to emulate the procedures and agenda of the City Council.
** To keep the taxpayers of Jasper County, Georgia
informed as to where and how their tax dollars are
** To keep the taxpayers abreast of local policies
and laws being discussed and enacted.
** We advocate more open government, less government
spending, and lower property taxes.