August 19, 2009
the reason citizens were ignored is because it appears what was being objected to—bailing
out JCWSA-- was a done deal. Yes, that’s right a DONE DEAL.
After the executive session was over the BOC came back into the room. Comm. Patrick and Comm. Cox both had looks on their faces that anyone could tell they were not happy campers. Comm. Payne, the one who has Brack Pound, the Chair of the JCWSA as his campaign treasurer and had been asked not to vote on the issue, made the motion to give JCWSA the bail out money. Comm. Hill made the second, then Chairman Pennamon, Comm. Payne and Hill voted yes to give JCWSA $27,860.72.
and Cox abstained and were visibly upset.
about this. The JCWSA lines are in
District 4 and District 5; the 3
commissioners that voted FOR the bailout represent District 1, 2, and 3 where
there are no lines (District 3 has limited lines down Jackson Lake
Rd.). So District 1, 2 and 3 voters, do
you appreciate your commissioners making you pay for something you have nothing
to do with and get no benefit from?
Pennamon and Comm. Payne as well as Mr. Alexander attended the last JCWSA
meeting. It appears that it was decided
in that meeting to give JCWSA money they say they were owed from 2006. The amount of $27,860.72 was listed on the
JCWSA balance sheet dated 07/31/09 from JCWSA’s meeting package from their
August 11th meeting.
JCWSA did not come to the BOC when they were borrowing and spending all the money they now owe. The
nine member board did not come before the BOC and ask if they thought their projects would benefit
Comm. Pennamon and Comm. Hill were on the BOC when then County Attorney
W. Dan Roberts said it was illegal to help Alcovy Water & Sewer
two have been BOC members every term through all the votes and decisions to
help and give JCWSA whatever they ask for.
Comm. Pennamon and Comm. Hill have never let public opinion get in their
way of helping out special interests.
The taxpayers of
JCWSA should go to USDA, GEFA, Bank of Monticello, and the other agencies
that they owe a debt and try to work something out. It is not the BOC or the
taxpayer’s responsibility to continue giving money that the County does not
have and throwing it into the mismanaged mess of the JCWSA.
has one water authority (ASWA), 2 city water systems, and one private water
system that have furnished water in the county for many years, WITHOUT asking
for bail out money. These citizens have and are paying their
debts. THEY SHOULD NOT BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR ANOTHER AUTHORITY’S DEBTS! Taxpayer’s
should not be responsible for JCWSA debt.
Let JCWSA work it out or fail!
Since the BOC
is talking about having to borrow money, how can they take on another debt? Is this fair
to county employees, county agencies, and other water entities that have had to
make sacrifices? Where does the BOC
plan to acquire the money to bail out JCWSA?
How will this money be repaid?
Does this mean another tax increase for the county residents that don’t
benefit from JCWSA? What departments get
cut to help out JCWSA? What are they going to
do next year when this money is gone? Come to the BOC again and beg??
Citizens, wake up! Stand up! Tell the BOC to rescind the vote
and take the money back. If we don’t do
something now, you just as well bend over and take what else is coming.
** To keep the taxpayers