BUDGET SHORTFALL—BOTH LOCAL AND STATE
Jasper County has now cashed in
their $284,000 CD, and also gotten a $500,000 line of credit. If that isn't bad enough, the CFO and
County Manager as well as a majority of the BOC
seem to think all they have to do is wait for the 2008 tax money to start
coming in during November and December and they can "balance
everything." It just doesn't work that way. The money that will be coming in is for 2009
Please read the
following article in the AJC:
The State now says
they'll be almost $2 Billion short and some think more than that. Everyone
knows what has happened in the stock market over the last few weeks, and some
mega banks and Wall Street giants no longer exist. Yet, here in Jasper County
our county manager and CFO don't seem to have a plan as to what we need to do
to survive, and the BOC hasn't taken action to develop a plan.
If the people are
kept aware of what is going on, they can also encourage the BOC to stop
spending and adopt some type of plan to keep our taxes from going up.
This is the time for leadership and action.
Reading the article
linked above reveals that we may get two tax bills for our 2008 property
taxes. One bill will come shortly, and
the next one will come in the Spring to make up for the "homestead
exemption credit." We are all used to getting about a $200 tax
break on our tax bills from the State. This year the State may not fund that program and you may
get a second bill from Jasper
County for the
difference. Look at your last year's property tax bill and you
will see "taxes you saved due to the Georgia property tax relief
program" (if you have a homestead exemption). That is the amount you may
have to pay this year in as a "second installment" on your
Jasper County has got to cut spending! Jasper County
revenues are down and we are all going to feel the pain.
We need to work to get through
these tough economic times and have an actual plan to do so!
Please call or email your commissioners today and ask them to take
action and stop spending on anything we can do without—and please don’t spend
the 2009 money!
District 1 Carl Pennamon firstname.lastname@example.org 706-476-3737
District 2 Charles Hill email@example.com 706-468-8025
District 3 Jack Bernard firstname.lastname@example.org 706-468-5101
District 4 Greg Johnson email@example.com 706-468-5361
District 5 Bob Yarbrough firstname.lastname@example.org